A specialist in modern and contemporary art, David Shapiro is an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the premier national association of personal property appraisers of fine and decorative art. As an appraiser for Victor Wiener Associates, LLC, he has worked on the valuation of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in connection with the 2014 Detroit bankruptcy trial, as well as numerous appraisals for insurance, tax purposes, and collateratalized transactions. His appraisals are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), which are issued by the Appraisal Foundation and authorized by Congress as the standards for the profession.
Mr. Shapiro has a background as an art historian. He is the founding editor of the online contemporary art publication Museo and has worked as an editor on several industry-leading art history college textbooks. 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). Mr. Shapiro has taught Art History at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. He holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University. He studied Modern Art in the PhD program in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Image: Olaf Breuning, Me, Me, You, and Me, 2009