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Summer is almost here, and we have an exciting roster of courses starting on May 31 that explore the breadth and depth of the art world in London and New York - two of the world’s foremost cultural capitals. Places are filling fast so we encourage you to register and apply as soon as possible. Read on to find out more about what Sotheby's Institute has to offer this coming June.

New York

Explore the groundbreaking New York art world of the 20th century in The New York Art Scene: Modernism to Now, do some detective work in The Value of Art: Introduction to Market Research and Valuation, discover the global scope of contemporary art through International Contemporary Art in New York, learn about the intricacies of curating exhibitions from proposal to installation in Introduction to Curating, and much more! Students enrolling in 4-week courses in New York enjoy the added bonus of joining alumni of our Master’s program for a celebration at an exclusive New York art club, and participating in multiple field study and lunchtime lecture opportunities. Explore all New York Summer Courses


Immerse yourself in London’s rich and dynamic art world in Art and its Markets. Have a particular interest in photography? The in-depth Art Photography and its Markets will give you the inside track on the growing photography market and the medium’s key practitioners. London is also one of the world’s biggest centers of contemporary art and Contemporary Art in London provides up-close experience of the art scene to learn about contemporary art in context. Students also have access to the myriad art-related events taking place in London in the summer – such as London Art Week, the opening of the new Tate Modern, the Royal Academy Summer Show, prestigious Sotheby’s auctions and art fairs such as Masterpiece. The Institute’s Careers Service works with summer students to help them explore careers in the art world.
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4-Week Courses Starting May 31

In New York:

The New York Art Scene
May 31-June 23 | Monday-Thursday | 10:00 am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Corey D’Augustine

Explore one of the most vibrant, dynamic, and unique art scenes in history. Students learn about the New York realists and their gritty portrayals of life in the city; the watershed 1913 Armory Show; Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe’s modern images of New York; the rise of Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists; Warhol, everything Pop, and more. Through visits to museums, galleries and interaction with art experts, students experience what has made New York a teeming center of artistic activity and experimentation for the last 100 years.

‘I loved meeting all the different people from all around the world who love art as much as I do. I also could not get enough of the engaging and fascinating museum tours with the amazing faculty.’ - Melissa Swope, The New York Art Scene

Understanding the Global Art Market
May 31 - June 23 | Monday - Thursday | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Natasha Degen

The art market is a complex, dynamic and often seemingly irrational global business. Students gain unique insight into the current state of both the primary and secondary markets while learning about the major players and how they interact, including auction houses, galleries, museums, dealers, art advisors and curators. Exposure to newer, emerging markets and innovations driven by technology are provided, and learning is enhanced by site visits to museums, galleries, and Sotheby’s auction house.

International Contemporary Art in New York
May 31 - June 23 | Monday - Thursday | 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Kathleen Madden

Discover the vibrant contemporary art scene in New York through access to artists' studios, galleries, museums, foundations, private collections and other spaces. Students gain an understanding of both contemporary art history and the newest developments emerging in Basel, Berlin, Brooklyn and other important art markets. Lectures and tours throughout the city help identify the key personalities and most influential spaces contributing to this rich and varied dialogue.

In London:

Art and its Markets
May 31 - June 24 | 4 Days a Week | 10:00am - 4:30pm
Course Leader: David Bellingham

An intensive introduction to the ever-changing global art market and the individual sectors which comprise it, whilst promoting an appreciation of how these sectors perform under varying economic conditions.Structured around a season of prestigious summer sales at Sotheby’s, the course provides students with an insight into the mechanics of the leading auction houses and the art world as a whole.

My favorite part of the Art & its Markets course was the wide variety of speakers that came to our class. Without Sotheby’s Institute, I never would have met or had access to these professionals.’ Catherine Rockhol, Art and its Markets.

Art Photography and its Markets
May 31 - June 24 | 4 Days a Week | 10:00am - 4:30pm
Course leader: Simon Constantine

Learn all about photography from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day through visits to public, private and commercial collections, exhibitions and artists studios. This courses traces the history of photography from the margins to the center of the art world, through examining the historical and modernist techniques to digital technology and visual communication on the web.

Contemporary Art in London
May 31 - June 24 | 4 Days a Week | 10:00am - 4:30pm
Course Leader: Nadia Berri

This immersive course introduces students to the world of contemporary art in special talks given by artists, curators, academics and art critics. The market for contemporary art and the role of the contemporary art curator and the collector are also addressed, and visits are made to a wide range of commercial, public and studio spaces.

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