Jeffrey Taylor moved to Hungary with the Peace Corps in 1990 after graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in English and political science. Later he received a Rotary Scholarship to attend the Central European University in Budapest, where he earned his MA and PhD in comparative history. Dr. Taylor is an expert in the history of the art market and specializes in analyzing the dynamic of art values over time. He holds Hungarian state-recognized appraisers licenses for antique furniture and oriental carpets and is a Certified Appraiser of Impressionist and Modern Art (the highest category of expertise for an appraiser) with the Appraisers Association of America. He is an assistant professor of arts management and also operates an art forensics laboratory at Purchase College, State University New York. He provides appraisal and art forensics services through his firm Taylor Art Services. His history of the Hungarian art market: In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism's Rise on the Hungarian Art Market, 1800-1914, was published by Helena History Press in 2014. He is currently working on a textbook for the art business titled Visual Arts Management, which will be published by Routledge in 2017. He has done extensive research on the art forger Elmyr de Hory, and is serving as lead researcher for the film Elmyr on the Edge to be released by DiPSO Films in Fall 2016. He frequently comments on the art markets and its problems. His press appearances have included: 60 Minutes, FoxCT, New York Times, CBC Radio, The Village Voice, The New Republic, Artsy, and The Art Newspaper.
Rotary Scholar, Certified Appraiser