Man Ray
a.k.a. Emmanuel Radnitzky, (American, b. 1890 - d. 1976)

Electricite, 1931

15 x 11 inches, mounted

Illustration courtesy: Zabriskie Gallery

Trends in Photography & Contemporary Art: What's Happening Now [PH C-2432-A]

Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / 6 sessions / 1.5 CEUs; $210

This course will introduce students to the trends and forces currently shaping the New York art scene. We will explore the social and financial context in which dealers and collectors operate, with special attention on the dynamics of art collecting. Topics will include the relationships among artist and gallery; collector, gallery and the private and public (auction) markets, and how all these components are integrated into the larger "art scene." The role of the art critic, art journalist, art advisor and art curator will be explored, as well as issues of "vintage" versus "later" prints and the role of provenance when determining value. Through visits to Chelsea, Madison Avenue and the Lower East Side galleries, we will explore these factors and others that contribute to the aesthetic and cultural values of both photography and contemporary art, and how they interact with market forces.

BRIAN APPEL, art critic, art consultant, editor, writer. BFA, University of Manitoba; MA, University of Iowa. Publications include contributing writer, editor, rovetv, iphotocentral, artcritical, contemporaryworks, vintageworks, Heyoka, Luminous-Lint, Boiler, The Photograph Collector, chelseagalleries, pluk, American Suburb X. Awards include Canada Council for the Visual Arts, Manitoba Arts Council.

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