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Collecting 101: Why is buying a photograph harder than buying a van Gogh painting? with Alice Sachs Zimet ONLINE (5 sessions)

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Intimidated about buying fine art photography?  Do you feel that buying a photograph is more difficult than buying a Van Gogh painting?  Indeed, buying a photograph often requires more vetting and a lot more questions than buying a painting. Whether a beginner or more seasoned collector or a photographer interested in learning about the fine art marketplace, join this 5-part virtual series. We’ll provide the basics on collecting photography, with abundant insider tips from a pioneer collector. Each week, we’ll focus on a different subject — questions to ask before you spend a penny, where to shop, how to buy at auction ending our series with virtual visits with prominent dealers. Topics include budget considerations, record keeping, signature indications, negative vs. print date, editions, condition and much more! No matter whether you’re a collector or photographer, we promise that you’ll become more confident and knowledgeable about the photography marketplace.

Session #1: Building a Collection: An inside peek into the instructor’s 300-piece collection
Session #2: Thoughts to Consider / Questions to Ask Before Spending a Penny
Session #3: The Marketplace: Galleries, Art Fairs, Auctions, and Online Market
Session #4: How to Buy at Auction
Session #5: Virtual gallery visits with two dealers

Dates:           Sept 20 – Oct 18 (5 sessions ONLINE)

Times:           Tuesdays 2 – 3:30 pm EST

Participants:  maximum:12 

Course Fee:   $395 members $445 non-members

Level:             Open



About the Instructor:


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Alice Zimet by Grace Roselli

Alice Sachs Zimet is President, Arts + Business Partners, a consulting boutique specializing in the fine art photography marketplace.  As a collector, advisor, and educator, Alice began to collect fine art photography in 1985 and has amassed a museum-quality collection of over 300 images from 20th Century masters to the present. Alice is Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums; Chair, Acquisitions Committee, International Center of Photography (ICP); and a board member, Magnum Foundation. She is on Faculty at Christie’s Education, the ICP School and Maine Media College + Workshops, where she teaches workshops on how to collect photography and how photographers can better access the marketplace.  Zimet pioneered the field of corporate sponsorship as Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank (20 years). Here, she used the arts as a strategic marketing tool across 14 countries and 20 US cities to generate $2 Billion in new business for the bank.  She is Adjunct Professor, New York University’s Graduate Program, Arts Administration teaching Corporate Sponsorship and the Arts. Alice holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Art History, began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and continues to live, work and collect in New York City.



September 20
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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