Christie’s launches new collectors’ courses in New York


Christie’s Education New York is offering three new courses designed to give collectors and art market professionals an in-depth immersion in the hot topics of collecting contemporary art and legal issues for art collectors, with a new flexible format that accommodates busy schedules.

Coinciding with the “Collecting Contemporary Art” evening course modules, a new series of stand-alone afternoon field trips and off-site visits, “Contemporary Art in Focus,” will offer an insider’s look at the institutions and venues shaping contemporary art.

In addition, students interested in taking their career to the next level can enrol in a new Master of Arts in Global Contemporary Art, starting this September and offering a degree in 15 months of full-time coursework.

Christie’s new certificate course, “Collecting Contemporary Art,” covers the topic in seven independent modules, starting in September. The course schedule is convenient for anyone working in New York, or visiting from out of town, taking place from 6 – 8 pm on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday night stretch, once a month, through to April (with a hiatus in December).

Christie’s say the course is ideal for art enthusiasts or collectors at all levels who are interested in learning more about art from the late 1980s to the present, as well as artistic strategies, collecting practices, the market, and the social and institutional networks that support the art.

Taught by Christie’s Education faculty, plus guest speakers and practitioners, “Collecting Contemporary Art” provides a theoretical and historical understanding of art today, and a hands-on approach to issues every collector should know. Students can choose to take any number of modules in any order, and upon completion of all seven modules will earn a certificate.

Billed as a perfect solution for busy art market professionals, advisors, and collectors, the new course “Art, Money and the Law” meets on Friday mornings for a series of six weeks, starting September 26, and is taught by a practicing attorney, Amy Goldrich of Cahill Partners, LLP.

The course examines a range of wealth management issues in the art world, and is designed for those with an art background who are looking to better understand personal and business wealth management issues, as well as for those with a finance background who wish to understand where and how to develop opportunities in the art market.

The course meets at Christie’s Education New York on Friday mornings for six weeks, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., and coffee and light breakfast are provided.

Complementing the classroom instruction of the “Collecting Contemporary Art” and other Christie’s Education courses, a new stand-alone program called “Contemporary Art in Focus” offers access to a series of field trips and guided museum visits, private collections and studio tours, as well as trips to art fairs, galleries, conservation laboratories, and auctions.

Enrollment in another Christie’s Education course is not required; the visits are open to anyone and offer an inside look at the institutions and venues of contemporary art. Each field trip is scheduled in the afternoon during the week when a “Collecting Contemporary Art” module takes place, starting September 18, at 2 p.m., with “An Overview of Contemporary Art: Museum of Modern Art.”

Associate Professor Dr. Marisa Kayyem leads a field studies trip.

Associate Professor Dr. Marisa Kayyem leads a field studies trip.