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This intensive course offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of avenues for success in the online art world. It will offer an introduction to key players and systems that operate in the current online ecosystem for contemporary art. Each day addresses a certain vital component of the online contemporary art world, and the type of businesses that operate within it.
Each class will also feature leading figures who will conference in via zoom to discuss their own areas of expertise within the online art world and the businesses that they operate which will serve as case studies.
Students will leave the intensive programme with a thorough understanding of how various online businesses function independently, and in conjunction with others. The course will conclude with a description of the most recent developments in the online contemporary art marketplace, providing insights for potential career paths in the field.
This course has been updated since its last version. It now has an added focus on the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has, and will continue, to alter the landscape of the artworld.
Nico Epstein is a curator, art historian and art advisor with a career-long involvement in art tech. He is a partner and COO of Artvisor, a London based contemporary art consultancy; having worked in the online art space for the past 10 years. Epstein has helped to arrange more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary art throughout Europe, New York and Hong Kong, focussing mostly on artists of his generation. He is currently overseeing the expansion of Artvisor’s technology and the formation of the art collection for the new W Hotel opening in Rome this autumn. Epstein also acts as a consultant for Frieze, organizing bespoke tours for their VIP clients. He has lectured on contemporary art and its markets at Bocconi, The Courtauld, and University College London among other leading universities. His most recent book, an analysis of Susan Sontag’s On Photography, was published on Routledge in 2018. His last course at Christie's Education was New Dynamics: The Digital Contemporary Art World.