Explore the three major sectors of art business — museums, galleries, and auction houses — to get an insider’s look at what each contributes to and how they influence the dynamic global art world.
Students enrolled in this online Exploration course will survey art business through the lens of the world’s most important art institutions – museums, galleries, and auction houses – to gain a thorough understanding of the connection between art and where it is traded. In a dynamic virtual environment that balances a variety of expert-led live sessions and self-guided modules, students will explore these three major pillars of the international art world while learning to observe, critique, and discuss how global perceptions of art are formed through the influence of these institutions.
A multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Designed and led by industry experts with extensive online teaching experience, the virtual learning environment balances live sessions with different types of interactive activities to engage students in an exploration of their passions and help them prepare for college. The Exploration program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.
Virtual site visits may include:
- World-class museums, such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rijksmuseum
- Online viewing rooms of top international galleries, such as David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth
- A behind the scenes look at Sotheby’s auction house
Virtual art fairs from around the world
Guest speakers may include:
• Museum curators
• Art dealers
• Gallery owners
• Auction house specialists
• Online art business specialists, including online art auctions
• Social media strategists
• Art lawyers
Projects may include:
- Creating your own online art museum, and choosing from more than one hundred thousand digitized works of art to curate an exhibition in this new institution.
- Using a hypothetical budget of five million US dollars, go on a virtual art shopping spree at international galleries and present the works along with research relevant to the artists and their markets.
- Observing a livestreamed contemporary art auction and making real-time calculations of buyers’ premiums and commission to understand the final price of a work of art in the secondary market.
Tech Fee: $75
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.