A specialist in modern and contemporary art, David Shapiro is an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and an Individual Member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). 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; and the valuation of modern art for the federal art fraud case, United States v. Luke D. Brugnara (2015), among other legal matters involving art.
Mr. Shapiro has published on the valuation of emerging art in the Digital Journal of Advanced Appraisal Practice (2019). He is the founding editor of the online contemporary art publication Museo and has served as an editor on several Art History college textbooks. He has conducted and published interviews with several artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Shirin Neshat, and Elizabeth Peyton; his interview with Jeff Wall was published in Jeff Wall: Selected Essays and Interviews (Museum of Modern Art, 2007) and The Education of a Photographer (Allworth, 2006).
Mr. Shapiro has lectured on art appraisal and the art market for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NADA, The New Art Academy, and St. John’s University and has taught courses of Art History at MoMA, 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. He is compliant with the current edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).