Authentication Specialist - Contemporary and Post War Art

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Mar 4, 2021 7:42PM

Artsy’s mission is to expand the art market to support more artists and art in the world. Artsy has created the world’s largest two-sided art marketplace, with more than 1,000,000 works by 100,000 artists from 4,000 of the world’s leading galleries, auction houses, art fairs, and institutions across 190 countries.

Artsy is seeking an Authentication Specialist to support the review of our extensive catalog of 20th and 21st century artworks.

As a specialist, you will be on the front lines, maintaining the integrity of our marketplace and providing a joyful buying experience for our collectors. Focusing on artists such as Warhol, Haring and KAWS as well as a roster of top contemporary and post war artists, this role will be responsible for reviewing, cataloging, and authenticating some of the most desirable artwork in the market today.

We are looking for someone who can bring their extensive knowledge of contemporary and post war art and authentication techniques to spot problematic work, and use their developed research skills to dig into questionable listings. This roll will have the opportunity to bring a curatorial eye to ensure we are targeting the best supply. In addition, the Authentication Specialist will be responsible for handling incoming reports from buyers and sellers, representing Artsy’s brand and customer centric approach with every touch point.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Authentication of works by major contemporary and post war artists
  • Review inventory in our marketplace or for sale in our auctions to ensure it meets Artsy's curatorial standards, researching pricing comparables as needed
  • Work with both our internal data review teams and our sellers to ensure artwork listings are accurately described
  • Conduct research into artists and authenticity issues and develop strategies for identifying problematic trends in the market
  • Coordinate cross-functional review projects between multiple stakeholders
  • Handle direct communication with galleries and consignors to resolve matters regarding listing policies

Candidate Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience authenticating, researching and cataloging contemporary and post war art
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience coordinating projects between multiple stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills; experience working with external parties/clients and ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Self motivated, results oriented and metrics driven.
  • Comfortable working in a fast moving, collaborative environment

Preferred, but not required:

  • Direct experience with Auctions, or cataloging in an auction house environment
  • Experience in data management, library science, art history, or research
  • Experience in ecommerce
  • Artsy is seeking a Specialist to support the review of our extensive catalog of 20th and 21st century artworks.

To Apply:

This position is full time and starts immediately. To apply, please submit your resumé and a cover letter here. When you apply, you will be directed to a third party site.

Artsy Values

Artsy has five core values that will inform your experience at Artsy.

For the Love of Art: We have relentless curiosity, empathy, and passion for collectors, artists, and the art market. We are here to make the art world more fair and welcoming.

Own Our Outcomes: We are all individual owners of Artsy’s shared success. We are resourceful and resilient, and to get the job done, we each take responsibility for our outcomes.

Lead with Openness: We trust in our teammates. We seek diverse perspectives, communicate authentically, and act with integrity. A more open art world starts with us.

Transform Together: Our mission asks us to challenge the status quo. We embrace feedback, learning, and change so that we can transform our industry, our company, and ourselves.

Impact Over Perfection: Using both art and science, we debate and decide swiftly and iterate on our plans as we learn. To make the biggest impact, we prioritize speed and clarity of action over perfection.

Artsy is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

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