This course is an unmissable event for anyone interested in finding out what's currently shaping the New York art scene. It will explore the social and financial context in which dealers and collectors operate, with special emphasis on the formal and conceptual nature of the most important, exciting and relevant work that gets shown in the ultra-competitive New York art market. The role of the art critic, art journalist, art adviser and art curator will be explored as well as the role of provenance when determining value. Through visits to Chelsea and the Upper and Lower East Side galleries, we will explore these factors as well as others that contribute to the aesthetic and cultural values of contemporary art, and how these interact with market forces. Each class session will include visits to several galleries.