Victor Wiener is an art historian who began his career at several museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
He went on to work for several international auction houses, including Christie’s in London and Rome, where he was director of the fine arts department; Sotheby’s in New York; and the Roman auction house La Cassa di Risparmio, where he was responsible for Old Masters and 19th century paintings.
In New York, Mr Wiener served as the executive director of the Appraisers Association of America for 21 years before establishing himself as an appraiser in private practice.
As an instructor, Mr. Wiener is certified by the Appraisal Foundation, which is authorized by the United States Congress to promulgate the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
He has taught the appraisal of fine and decorative arts at the New School and Baruch College, both in New York. For over 20 years, he has been an adjunct assistant professor on the faculty of New York University’s Appraisal Studies Program, where he continues to lecture on USPAP guidelines as well as the Program’s Legal and Ethical Responsibilities for Appraisers course.
Mr. Wiener has co-authored several appraisal standards widely used by the profession, including those of the Appraisers Association of America and the appraisal paper issued by the Inland Marine Underwriters Association for insurance purposes.