An Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America with a specialty in contemporary art, David Shapiro has worked on numerous damage and loss, donation, estate, and collateral loan appraisals. He has worked on the appraisal of property in connection with several trials and arbitrations, including the valuation of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for the bankruptcy trial of the City of Detroit (2014); the valuation of contemporary art for the federal art fraud case, United States v. Luke D. Brugnara (2015); and the valuation of a large volume of damaged prints for the insurance case MunnWorks v. 645 Mac Realty (2016).
Mr. Shapiro is the founding editor of the online contemporary art publication Museo. He has conducted and published interviews with several noted contemporary artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Shirin Neshat, and Elizabeth Peyton; his interview with Jeff Wall was published in two books, Jeff Wall: Selected Essays and Interviews (Museum of Modern Art, 2007) and The Education of a Photographer (Allworth, 2006). He has served on the editorial team for several Art History textbooks including Janson’s History of Art and Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren’s Art History. He has also published on art fraud as a junior co-author with Victor Wiener in the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies (2016).
Mr. Shapiro has lectured on art appraisal and the art market at Sotheby’s Institute and The New Art Academy, and has taught Art History at the Museum of Modern Art, Parsons New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Shapiro holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University, and studied Modern Art History in the PhD program in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.