Jeffrey  Taylor Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jeffrey Taylor

Program Director - Master in Gallery & Museum Management
Western Colorado University

I currently lead the Master in Gallery & Museum Management at Western Colorado University. Our program prepares students for careers in the art business such as: curator, gallerist, auctioneer, registrar, collections manager, art advisor, and preparator. I also continue to work as a partner at New York Art Forensics where I consult on issues of attribution and forgery in art.


I traveled to Eastern Europe in 1990 to be part of the first Peace Corps contingent in Hungary, in fact the first to ever serve in Europe. In 1998 I decided to start my own business to provide fine art shipping services to the growing art market in Budapest. MY clients, however, needed more than just transportation services: they needed an expert to guide them through the pitfalls and dangers of the highly unregulated international art market. Therefore, I also founded an advisory firm, Taylor Art Services, to meet the needs of collectors and the Trade. I earned Hungarian state appraisers licenses in Antique Furniture and Oriental Carpets, and am a Certified Appraiser of Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Sculpture with the Appraisers Association of America. I received a PhD. in Comparative History at the Central European University in 2011. I wrote my dissertation on the history of the Hungarian art market, and that was subsequently published by Helena History Press in 2014 as: In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism's Rise on the Hungarian Art Market, 1800-1914.

At Western Colorado University I lead the Master in Gallery & Museum Management, where I serve as the Program Director. I specifically teach courses on the art market, curatorship, connoisseurship, and art forensics. I performed much of the research for this current book, Visual Arts Management, while serving as the Leon Levy Fellow at the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection.

In my current professional activity I work on the problems of attribution and forgery as a partner in New York Art Forensics, an art forensics laboratory that we had initially founded when I taught at SUNY Purchase. We have subsequently moved it to Williamsburg, Brooklyn where it operates as an independent business. The lab has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC. I have spoken on the subject of art forgery at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France, and have made press appearances that include: 60 Minutes, New York Times, CBC Radio, The Village Voice, FoxCT, CoDesign, Artsy, ArtGuide East, and New Republic.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    History and Functioning of the Art Market, Cultural Industries, Iconoclasm, Art Forgery, Art Forensics, Problems of the Art Market, Architecture and Urban Planning, Creative Industries and Creative Place-Making, Cultural Tourism

Personal Interests

    Mountain-biking, kickboxing, cats, Dungeons & Dragons



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Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Measuring Art Markets: The Colorado Art Market in 2017

Published: Sep 20, 2019 by Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Authors: Jeffrey Taylor, Mayela Cardenas, Stephanie Edwards

This paper represents the first stage in the development of new tools for the measuring of the art market by making use of US government data derived from tax and labor statistics, and by measuring the Colorado art market for the year 2017. It also establishes the methodology for measuring the entire US art market for the year 2018. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research: Art Works grant will fund the report and release it in June 2020.

East European Jewish Affairs

The roots of Regina Spektor’s post-Soviet poetics

Published: Nov 14, 2016 by East European Jewish Affairs
Authors: Jeffrey Taylor
Subjects: Music, Language Learning, Religion, Area Studies, Critical & Creative Life Writing

Regina Spektor’s rigorous training in piano, starting in the Soviet Union and continued throughout her youth in the United States, helps to explain her skills in composing complex and unexpected pop music. Less obvious, though, will be an understanding of the roots of her poetic skills in writing lyrics. This paper examines how Spektor was influenced by Russian bard tradition, as well as the widespread informal music dissemination network known as magnitizdat.


Forgery Experts Explain 5 Ways To Spot A Fake | WIRED

Published: Nov 20, 2018

Forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor PhD examine a purported Jackson Pollock painting and use their expertise to determine if the painting is legitimate or a forgery.

New York art forensics uses X-MET8000 handheld XRF for ar

Published: Mar 19, 2019

Handheld XRF analyser X-MET8000 is a combination of being both non-destructive and capable of detecting all of the elements that are very important to understanding pigments in artworks. It allows New York Art Forensics to provide clients with certainty about when an artwork was made and goes beyond techniques of looking at brush strokes, styles and provenance. Find out more

60 Minutes: The Con Artist

Published: Feb 14, 2013

The 60 Minutes Episode on the art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi. I am interviewed about his ability to corrupt knowledge through constructing a fake provenance.

Filthy Rich Guide, Season 3, Episode 4

Published: Jul 20, 2017

In this episode of CNBC's Filthy Rich Guide they bring our New York Art Forensics laboratory a painting that is ostensibly by Vincent van Gogh. We examine it and give our opinion.