The Business of Art: Markets, Auctions, Appraisals, Galleries: Getting Started

An introduction to resources for the buying and selling, the pricing and valuing of art.


The Business of Art for the purposes of this guide means using art as a commodity in a commercial sense. It encompasses the buying and selling of art, the valuing of art through appraisal, working with galleries and dealers, and the relative recent phenomenon of international art fairs that market contemporary art. For those of us who study art for its aesthetic appeal or its reflection of society, the business end of the art world is a totally new approach.    

Some good places to gain an introduction to this world include: 


Art Business News logo

A monthly trade magazine with information directed to art galleries, picture framers, art dealers and framers, and art supply stores.


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