About the course
The ever-changing global landscape of today’s art market, with its international art fairs and dizzying calendar of live and online auctions, presents more opportunities than ever to buy art. The Art of Collecting introduces valuable collector strategies for focus and discernment and offers professional insights around how to navigate this fast-paced international marketplace as a collector. Discussions include how to determine a collection focus, differentiating price from value, understanding due diligence checklists, issues surrounding authenticity and forgeries, as well as simple tips for inventory management. Using a variety of art-historical resources and price databases, you will embark on a virtual “shopping trip,” applying basic collecting guidelines and comparative strategies to make a hypothetical acquisition for a collection.
You will learn:
- To identify and assess key aspects of collecting in order to confidently acquire artworks within the parameters of a budget and vision.
- To identify and implement art historical research skills and tools as well as online resources to understand potential art acquisitions.
- To perform comparable price research in order to assess artwork valuation.
- To recognize the legal complexities and consequences of artwork forgeries and to understand how to perform basic due diligence before acquiring a work of art.
Week 1: Why Collect?
Overview of Collecting Deciding on a Collection Focus
Week 2: Looking and Learning
How to be an Educated Collector Key Considerations in What to Look for
Week 3: The Marketplace: Dollars and Sense
Auction Market Retail Market Understanding Price Databases
Week 4: The Hunt
What Venues to Visit – Auctions, Galleries, Fairs, and Online Sites
Week 5: Caveat Emptor
What a Collector is Responsible for Fakes and Forgeries Due Diligence
Week 6: The Acquisition
Art Advisors Buying at Auction Making the Offer at a Gallery What Next
M.A., Courtauld Institute of Art; B.A., Pomona College Betsy Thomas is the founder of her own boutique art advisory firm providing professional representation for collectors. She advises on buying and selling in all areas of fine art from Old Master, American & 19th C. paintings to Impressio...
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