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Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers a unique academic approach to studying the global art market and also provides exposure to specialized topics that are central to the history and ongoing development of the international art world. 



At Sotheby’s Institute, courses that cover the art market and the history of modern and contemporary art look at the fair as a phenomenon that has accompanied art's commercial rise over the past 150 years. In the last 20 years, the rise of the art fair has gone hand in hand with the rise of the international biennial - two platforms that have substantially increased the visibility and reach of contemporary art and artists. Indeed, the biennial and the fair have much to do with our understanding of what makes art 'contemporary.’


Sotheby’s Institute of Art began as a training program for auction house employees in 1969. Today, professional development continues to be a fundamental part of the Institute’s programs, preparing graduates for many roles in the art world, in both the business and non-profit spheres.

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  • Found in the heart of Bloomsbury, the London campus is at the center of one of the world’s most important art capitals.

New York

  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York is based in one of the most vibrant global art cities with thousands of auction houses, blue chip and emerging galleries, world class museums, art fairs, artists’ studios, private collections, art technology companies, and arts foundations and nonprofits. 
Los Angeles
  • Internationally celebrated as a global hub for media, music, and entertainment, LA is also an increasingly important center of contemporary visual and performing art.

Manhattan, New York, United States

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