A “detective” of art

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Our former Arts Management student, Ruxanda Renita conducted an interview with Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, former art professor of IBS.

Dr. Taylor immersed in the study of Central European art, which bought him to Hungary,  he also taught at IBS. He was one of the first professors who laid the foundation for the BA in Arts Management, as well as inspired hundreds of students in pursuing an art business career.

Dr. Taylor has been calling attention to the importance of the so called forensic examination of art works for long. He has recently become a Certified Appraiser in Impressionist and Modern Art. Examination of the authenticity of a  work of art has always been important but today, after the “Beltracchi case”, one of the greatest art scam in art history, everybody knows that art-forensic labs are indispensable. He sees art forgery as a form of “corruption of knowledge” and a threat to the art market that is why he thinks it is important to learn about forgeries, and to investigate the art works, very much like a detective.

He is also eagerly following the way how Hungarian, Central and Eastern European contemporary art can make its way to the international art market. After Budapest, now he is living in the biggest metropolis of art in the world, New York. Answering Ruxanda’s question how he feels about Sothbey’s first auction of Central and Eastern European contemporary art in London in June, 2016, he says „it was certainly time for it. It is time to get rid of the prejudice towards Eastern Europe (the Cold War distinction fades only slowly).” We can add that big success of Hungarian painter Attila Szücs is a promising sign on this road.

Read the full interview in ARTGUIDEEAST here.

BSc in Management with Arts