Ralph E. Lerner, Art Advisor

Ralph E Lerner Art Advisor Book SigningRalph E. Lerner has been an art advisor and practicing art attorney in the New York area for more than 40 years. Ralph has arranged and negotiated more private transactions and public sales of art in this time period than anyone in the United States. These sales and transactions, including sales of estates, purchases of collections, as well as work with Art Foundations, combined with his network of curators, art scholars, dealers, and shippers, makes Ralph E. Lerner one of the premiere art advisors in the world.

Ralph E. Lerner first co-authored Art Law – The Guide For Collectors, Investors, Dealers, And Artists in 1992, and has since had it republished three times, the most recent of which was 2012. Dubbed the “Bible of the industry” by Forbes Magazine, this book as well as hundreds of other lectures and articles position Ralph E. Lerner as a crucial and coveted advisor to the art world.

Mr. Lerner has served on the Board of the New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and was a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Lerner is a nationally-acclaimed speaker and writer on the topic of tax-planning for collectors and artists. He has extensive experience in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service in the broadest possible manner and numbers among his clients many of the foremost artists, collectors and art dealers in America.


Writing Off the Warhol Next Door | Art Collectors Gain Tax Benefits from Private Museums | New York Times | January 10, 2015 | By Patricia Cohen

Morning Links: Getting the Band Back Together | ARTNEWS | January 12, 2015 | The Editors of ARTNEWS

The IRS Invents A Chinese Billionaire | Forbes | February 29, 2012 | Janet Novack

Art’s Sale Value? Zero. The Tax Bill? $29 Million | New York Times | July 22, 2012 | Patricia Cohen

What You Need to Know Before Donating Art | Your Name on a Plaque Is Nice, but It Might Cost You More Than You Think | Wall Street Journal | Daniel Grant

MoMA Gains Treasure That Met Also Coveted | New York Times | November 28, 2012 | Patricia Cohen