Date: Oct 22, 2019Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SOLD OUT – Collecting Art – What You Need To Know

Tue, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Bryant Park Corporation
General PublicArts & Culture


Be a smart art collector – don’t make easily avoided errors and put your art investments or yourself at risk. Join us for a tour-de-force presentation by famed art law expert & co-author of the definitive legal text in the field, Susan Duke Biederman.

Speaking exclusively from the vantage point of the interests of the collector, Susan Duke Biederman will explore the players in the marketplaces of fine artworks and rare objects, how they interact in the ownership and trading of art, and what legal, business and financial pitfalls might be avoided.

Susan will discuss and provide guidance on authenticity and title, the advantages of private vs. public sales, the wisdom of foreign vs. domestic sales, and the use and worth of art advisors. She will also discuss the (sometimes startling) role of the artist, atelier, heirs and patron, the crucial role of the catalogue raisonne and experts, and whether dealers, galleries and auction houses can continue to play a relevant role in today’s art economy.

Of particular timely interest will be a discussion concerning the safeguarding of a collection, including security, insurance, warehousing and restoration, as well as the safeguarding of the collector, including international treaties, criminality and security.

The planning and execution of gifts and loans to museums, the issues relating to joint and partial ownership interests, and the key points of prenuptial, trust and testamentary documents, and their enforceability (particularly post-Barnes), will be addressed. And last but certainly not least, the tax man!

Taught largely by (regrettably true) anecdotes, this talk is appropriate for all who collect, be it as individual, corporate or not-for-profit; a question and answer session will follow.

Note: Entrance to 5 Bryant Park is on 41st Street between 6th and Broadway – NOT on 6th Ave.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.



Susan Duke Biederman, Esq.

Attorney at Susan Duke Biederman, Esq.

Susan Duke Biederman, Esq. is a fine arts attorney and author, having been in private practice in New York for more than 40 years. Trained as a litigator, she has represented all facets of the fine arts industry, on a worldwide basis, on matters involving artists, their heirs and estates, private collectors, their heirs and estates, dealers, galleries and art advisors, auction houses, museums and curators, corporate collections and corporate creators, legislative, law enforcement and governmental agencies and bodies.

Ms. Duke Biederman is the co-author of the award-winning (Scribes Book Award, Best Work of Legal Scholarship, 1987) multi-volume treatise, Art Law: The Rights and Liabilities of Creators and Collectors, published by Little, Brown and Company. She has lectured and taught widely in the field. The founding chairman of the Art Law Committee for the New York State Bar Association, she has also served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, as well as the Art Law Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York.

Ms. Duke Biederman is a 1975 graduate of UCLA, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, with a joint degree in mathematics and French, and is a 1978 graduate of the Law School of the University of Chicago, where she earned her Doctor of Law degree.


Date Time

Date: Oct 22, 2019Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Bryant Park Corporation5 Bryant Park (entrance on 41st Street between 6th Ave. & Broadway)
Suite 2400, New York NY
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  • Free / Patron Members
  • 15 / Member/Member Guest (limit one)
  • 35 / Non- Members



Abayomi Aina, Susan Alisberg, Robert Alloway, Kenneth Bartels, Armand Bartos, Brooke Biederman, Daniel Biederman, Robert Biederman, Susan Duke Biederman, Karen Brown, Jacqueline Burgos, Lyndsey Burton, Ludovica Capobianco, Joe Chan, Onusa Chantanapongwanij, Linda Chen, Linda Chen, Linda Chen, Linda Chen, Jason Cheung, Nella Domenici, Danya Early, Maria Edwards, Maria Edwards, Ingrid Ehrenberg, Christine Esangbedo, Ruben Espinosa, Elizabeth Fairfax Brown, Steven Fochios, Annette Fox, David Fox, Cindy Galant, Mark Galant, Karinn Glover, Peter Goulandris, Stephanie Grayson, Robert Hagemann, Victor Hall, Frances Harris, Jack Harris, Jane Hopwood, Asami Ishimaru, Mie Iwasa, Alberto Jimenez, Maya Jimenez, Donald Johnson Montenegro, Julie Johnson, Ourania Katsapis, Steven Kirschner, Michael Knopf, Richard Landau, Lisa Lee, Robin Levine, Alec Machiels, Bruno Medeiros, Heloisa Medeiros, Brooke Molinaroli, John O'Donnell, Alexander Ohebshalom, Fred Ohebshalom, Yvonne Ohebshalom, Nyagaka Ongeri, Barrett Pall, Michelle Pham, Ryan Poladian, Josh Prottas, Skip Rankin, Ivan Reidel, Nicholas Robinson, Alice Sachs Zimet, Guest Sachs Zimet, Michael Sarno, Robert Sculthorpe, Dara Shapiro, Andrew Shore, Kwan Shun, Tomek Siergiejuk, David Sokoler, Barbara Sullivan, Paige Sutherland, Earl Templeton, Carolyn Thornton, William Thornton, Aigerim Tulepbergenova, Jinny Uppal, Richard Ventura, Albert Wang, Seble Williams, Steve Winch, Roger Wu, Robert Yunich, Ava Zydor, andy alisberg


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Bryant Park Corporation

5 Bryant Park (entrance on 41st Street between 6th Ave. & Broadway), Suite 2400, New York, NY, 10018