At New York University, all research involving human subjects (funded or not funded) must be reviewed and approved by the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before being carried out.
Before beginning your research, you should consult the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS) website linked to below to determine if your work must be reviewed and approved by UCAIHS. Please allow ample time before the start of your research to receive a response from UCAIHS.
There are certain considerations to take into account when interviewing an artist about their work. For example, are you gathering information for conservation purposes? Is the artist willing to share information about their creative methods? Are there other people such as a studio manager, assistant, or gallery owner who may be better suited to answer your questions? The guide linked to below developed by the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA) is a great resource to help you conduct an artist interview.