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Beyond Basics: Review and Analysis of Art Market Regulation, Art Finance, Collection Management, and Online Art Trading Platforms

Course Description

Building on and moving beyond the topics discussed in our earlier review and analysis of the institutions and mechanisms of the art market, this second course will explore in detail the following subjects: Art Market Regulation, Art Finance, Art Collection Management, and Online Art Trading Platforms.

Skate's is proud to feature faculty from Sotheby's Institute of Art, the pioneer and leader in the field of Art Business education; additional information on MA degrees, Continuing Education, Summer Study and Online courses is available at

Lecture: 45 min. + 15 min. Q&A
Seminar: 30 min. intro + 30 min. Q&A

All lectures and seminars are going to be available for download at any time during the course without an additional charge.

Networking is encouraged! We have special chat rooms and forums assigned for communication between professor, practitioners and participants.

Please download the Course Outline.

You can see our archive page about Skate's course #1 including testimonials from past participants.


Natasha DegenNatasha Degen

Natasha Degen is a member of the full-time faculty at Sotheby's Institute New York. She has previously taught courses on art and its markets at Cass Business School and Sotheby's Institute of Art. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Cambridge, she has contributed to publications including the Financial Times, The New York Times, Artforum, and frieze. She is currently working on an anthology of artists' writings and critics' texts on the art market, to be published later this year.

Paul MeltonPaul Melton

Paul Melton, a doctoral candidate in New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, is currently writing his dissertation on the finacialization of the art market, examining the technologies and practices that transform fine art into a financial. He is also adjunct faculty at NYU Stern School of Business and the Sotheby's Institute of Ar and a member of the Institute for Public Knowledge's Cultures of Finance working group. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Paul spent over a decade working in communications and market research across five countries and several industries, including information technology, telecommunications and international development. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and Spanish literature, with honors in both.


Michael PlummerMichael Plummer, Principal at Artvest Partners LLC

Michael is Principal and Co-founder of Artvest Partners, a firm that offers investment advice for the art market, including strategies for acquiring and selling, protecting art wealth and passing it on to future generations. He was formerly COO of Christie's Financial Services. Prior to Christie's, he created one of the earliest US art funds and conducted pioneering research on art as an asset class and art indices. In 2000, Michael founded a technology start-up providing art data and inventory management services for art professionals. Michael spent 15 years at Sotheby's, during which time he served as Marketing Division Head for the Americas and Asia. Previously, he was the acting COO of Sotheby's real estate subsidiary and was instrumental in the profitable restructuring critical to the parent company's highly successful 1989 IPO. Michael is Director and Co-founder of the Luxury Marketing Council and of the Art Investment Council, a non-profit organization that promotes a greater understanding of art as an asset class by encouraging transparency, best practices, education and consistency of terminology and reporting.

Mary RozellMary Rozell, Director, Art Business, Sotheby's Institute New York

MA, Modern Art (German Expressionism), Courtauld Institute of Art; JD, Pepperdine University School of Law; BA, Hamilton College; member of California and District of Columbia Bars. An art historian and art lawyer, Mary Rozell specializes in private art collection management and is a legal advisor to collectors, artists, and foundations. While living in Berlin for almost a decade, Ms.Rozell was the Germany correspondent for The Art Newspaper as well as Director of the The European Studio Programme in Weimar. She also lectured extensively about the emerging art scene, and is the author of numerous journal articles, exhibition catalog essays, and translations. Ms. Rozell has since served as the Managing Director of the Swiss Institute - Contemporary Art, and as the director of a major private art collection and foundation in New York. She is the author of Art Collection Management: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals.

Lawrence ShindellLawrence Shindell, Chairman, ARIS Title Insurance Corporation

Mr. Shindell is the co‐founder and Chairman of ARIS Title Insurance Corporation. ARIS Title Insurance Corporation is the world leader in guaranteeing legal title to non‐real property assets. Mr. Shindell regularly consults to museums, auction houses, financial institutions, individual collectors and fiduciaries to mitigate the respective financial and tax consequences, the broader professional or directors and officers liability consequences, and the public relations exposures due to the legal title risks that are inherent with fine art and other important collectibles traded in the global art market. Mr. Shindell is a lawyer, formerly representing or litigating against Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial and insurance trial and appellate litigation including litigation in international forums, in many instances in significant profile cases resulting in reported United States state or federal trial or appellate court decisions. Mr. Shindell remains AV (highest)‐peer review rated by Martindale‐Hubbell and actively licensed before several United States trial and appellate bars including the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Shindell has presented on the subject of the legal and financial complexities of title risks in the art world in the United States and Western Europe to diverse professional and collector groups including the American Bar Association Section of International Law and at Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland. He has been quoted on this subject in national and international media publications representing diverse audiences and industry sectors including Forbes, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Risk & Insurance, Financial Times, Business Week, Private Wealth, Elite Traveler, Leaders, A.M. Best BestDay and BestWeek. His articles on the subject on behalf of ARIS Title Insurance Corporation have appeared in such publications as Private Wealth, Art Fund Tracker published by Fine Art Wealth Management, Ltd., London, and Private Asset Management. Mr. Shindell has provided expert testimony of first‐impression in matters before the United States Tax Court on art title related tax questions.

Robin RocheRobin Roche, SVP, North America, Auctionata

Robin Roche is one of the pioneers in the online art trade. Robin brings to the online art trade a solid understanding of the bricks and mortar art world. She spent 5 years managing the New York location of one of the preeminent galleries in the field of American Art, the Gerald Peters Gallery. Robin started her art career at Christie's New York where she managing multiple Fine Art and Decorative Art departments. She spent the last three years running artnet's Online Auctions where she sold one of Andy Warhol's, Flowers, paintings in an online only auction for $1.4M - then the world record. Robin is excited to have just joined the team of the highly successful Berlin based start up online auction house, Auctionata. She looks forward to helping Auctionata expand into the US market.

Course Schedule

October 16 - December 4, 2013

The time for all live lectures and seminars is 12 pm (noon) NYC Time.

Week 1, 2 (Lecture: October 16, 2013; Seminar: October 23, 2013)
Art Market Regulation (or lack thereof)

Week 3, 4 (Lecture: October 30, 2013; Seminar: November 6, 2013)
Art-backed Financial Products and Services

Week 5 (Lecture: November 13, 2013)
Collecting and Connoisseurship

Week 6 (Seminar: November 20, 2013)
Art Collection Management

Week 7,8 (Lecture: November 27, 2013; Seminar: December 4, 2013)
Online Trading Platforms and the Art Market

Reading List

Suggested reading:

Art Collection Management
Mary Rozell. Art Collection Management: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals
Paige West. The Art of Collecting Art: An Insider's Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art
James Stourton. Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting since 1945
Charlotte Appleyard, James Salzmann. Corporate Art Collections: A Handbook to Corporate Buying
Dalya Alberge. The art of collecting (Financial Times)
Christina Passariello. Collecting Art with François Pinault (Wall Street Journal)
Mariana Lemann. Art collecting: Investments of passion come with rewards and high risks (Financial Times)

Art Finance
Jeremy Eckstein. Investing in art: art as an asset class (Robertson and Chong, eds., The Art Business, pp. 69-81)
Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin. Could the Art Market Be Undergoing a Fundamental Restructuring? (The Art Newspaper)
Suzanne Gyorgy and Clare McAndrew. Art Banking (McAndrew, ed. Fine Art and High Finance Expert Advice on the Economics of Ownership, pp. 117-134)
Allen Salkin. That Old Master? It's at the Pawn Shop (New York Times)
Rachel A. J. Campbell and Christian Wiehenkamp. Art-Backed Lending: Implied Spreads and Art Risk Management
Noah Horowitz. Art Investment Funds (The Art of the Deal. Princeton University Press)

Art Market Regulation
Robin Pogresin and Kevin Flynn. As Art Values Rise, So Do Concerns About Market's Oversight (New York Times)
Marion Maneker. Art market analysis: A market in need of supervision (The Art Newspaper)
Andy Lindemann. Regulate the Art Market? Don't Even Think About It (Observer)
Helen Stoilas and Marisa Mazria Katz. Judge denies collector's injunction against dealer (The Art Newspaper)
Priscilla Frank. Ronald Perelman And Larry Gagosian Sue Each Other, Wage War Over Jeff Koons $4 Million 'Popeye' (The Huffington Post)

Recommended Background

The course has no prerequisites other than fluency in English.


180 USD for the full course (4 lectures, 4 seminars). We also offer a bundle package including the recordings of the 1st course + 2nd course live for 300 USD.


For additional information about the course please contact Elena Zavelev at or +1 (212) 514-6010.

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