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The Tetrad

Let’s start here. The Tetrad is Metis’ version of Art 101, and more. This is the foundation, the beginning, the very cornerstone of our curricula — designed for you to “get” art and the art world in just four sittings:

A: The Broad Strokes of Art History
B: The Art Ecosystem
C: Value, Price and Investments
D: Trends, Theory and Vocabulary

S$800 per pax for 4 sessions. Each session is 2 hours. Offered once every quarter. 50% of your ticket will be donated to an arts non-profit. For attendees in Singapore, this means that you will receive a tax deduction of 250% for S$400.

The price includes a set lunch, drinks and a curator or artist’s tour at the partnering non-profit.

What We Teach

A: The Broad Strokes of Art History

As the Metis maxim goes, history is everything to the value of art. From ancient art to modernism and global contemporary art, we trace how major art movements were impacted by simultaneous developments in history, technology, philosophy and culture.

Your Destination:
Gain an in-depth understanding of the historical contexts that scaffold the development of art and its value in the world today. Draw cogent links between art and global or regional histories, society, and the cultures it emerges from.

B: The Art Ecosystem

Who’s who? Galleries, museums, non-profits, art fairs and auction houses fulfil both conflicting and complementary roles that shape the growth of artists’ careers. We make sense of their complex interactions that drive the world of contemporary art.

Your Destination:
Become acquainted with who key industry actors are, their roles in the art ecosystem, and determine their level of influence in how they define an artist’s career. Know how to evaluate artists’ CVs, which are often determinants of their works’ prices.

C: Value, Price and Investments

Now, let’s talk business. We get to grips with what value really means according to both art theorists and dealers — two sides of the same coin. We penetrate the often opaque ebbs and flows of the art market.

Your Destination:
Grasp what it means to be an emerging, mid-career, or blue chip artist, and identify the invisible primary and secondary market mechanisms that promote their value. See through the dark matter of art investments.

D: Trends, Theory and Vocabulary

What’s on trend in the art world?
In our final, practical session, we burst bubbles, avoid faux pas, and dive deeper into “art speak”, the theoretical lingo of the art crowd.

Your Destination:
Sound like you actually know what you’re talking about! Discuss artworks confidently and intelligently. Distinguish between what’s important, and what’s mere “hype”, and emerge from The Tetrad ready to begin your own collection.

Notes From Our Alumni