Christie’s Education Launches Six-Week Course on ‘Andy Warhol and the Business of Art’

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” — Andy Warhol

NEW YORK – Christie’s Education New York will launch a unique new course this fall, “Andy Warhol and the Business of Art,” an introduction to the business of art from its conception to its creation to its sale on the auction block, through the lens of Andy Warhol’s legacy. From his days at the Factory to recent blockbuster auction results, Andy Warhol continues to inspire artists and collectors alike; this course presents a multifaceted view of Warhol—the man, his market, and his legendary masterpieces.

Developed by a team of art historians and auction house specialists, this unique six-session class will give participants a better understanding of Warhol’s art within the context of this ever-growing market and will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the auction process from beginning to end.

Participants will follow the work of Christie’s specialists as they prepare artworks for auction as part of the “Andy Warhol @ Christie’s” online sales. From insight into the selection and cataloguing of works to an analysis of post-sale results, this course’s innovative approach will present Warhol as you’ve never seen him before.

Course participants will:

• Learn how Warhol blurred the boundaries between painting and printmaking;
• Develop critical skills, including assessing the quality and condition of works;
• See the auction process unfold from start to finish;
• Gain exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, including site visits with Christie’s specialists and other art world professionals.


Oct. 8: Warhol’s Innovations – The course begins with an overview of Warhol’s career and his market, with a close look at how the Pop master revolutionized the art world and his lasting impact.

Oct. 15: The Auction Process 1 – On location at Christie’s auction house, take a behind-the-scenes look at how our specialists curate the Andy Warhol @ Christie’s online sales.

Oct. 22: The Print Process – Visit the Lower East Side Printshop, a not-for-profit printmaking studio founded in 1968, and meet with a master printmaker for a first-hand look at screen-printing techniques.

Oct. 29: The Auction Process 2 – Explore the ins and outs of the auction process, from writing a catalogue entry to determining the value of a work.

Nov. 5: Warhol at MoMA – See some of Warhol’s most important masterpieces and discover how these works have shaped the art world in this exclusive, private guided tour with a Museum of Modern Art educator with expertise in American Pop.

Nov. 12: The Auction Process 3 – In this panel discussion and reception, a group of art world professionals will provide an in-depth look at Warhol’s market, with an analysis of results from recent sales.


Course Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 through Nov. 12, 2013, 6-8 p.m.
Course Director: Julie Reiss
Fee: $800

To register and pay for the course online, click here. For assistance making a booking, contact: or phone: 212-355-1501. For more information on “Andy Warhol @ Christies,” the multiyear, multiplatform partnership between The Andy Warhol Foundation and Christie’s,click here.


Christie’s Education short courses are now available as gifts. Christie’s Education offers short courses throughout the year—on topics as diverse as wine, jewelry and fine art. Each course is designed to provide the participant with a unique, behind-the-scenes view of the art world. Gift certificates can be purchased in $50 increments and can be applied toward any Christie’s Education New York short course. For more information, call 212.355.1501 or

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