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What Should Artists Do With Their Work After They Die?

I talk to two artist estate experts who share their thoughts on what needs to be done when an artist dies.

While Johan Zoffany’s “Tribuna of the Uffizi” depicts the collection of an 18th-century English gentleman, the painting also captures the sheer scale of work that many are forced to deal with when they’re grappling with artist estates (image courtesy Wikipedia)

The business of artists’s estates is becoming a big business, but the realities facing artists today aren’t always as glamorous as some might think. For every multi-millionaire dollar Robert Rauschenberg estate, there are thousands of lesser-known talents whose families have to confront the tough decisions about what to do with hundreds of artworks and archives.

To sort out the realities facing artists and their loved ones, I invited two experts in the field who deal extensively with artist estates. Saul Ostrow is a critic, curator, and a principal at Art Legacy Planning, and Jason Andrew is a curator and partner at Artist Estate Studio.

Both of them are on the front lines of helping artists and their families decide what to do with their art after they pass away. I invited them to share their expertise in an episode that is a must-listen for those who are faced (or may be one day) with helping the artists in their lives to plan for the inevitable.

A special thanks to Twig Twig for the music to this week’s episode. You can listen to that and more at twigtwig.bandcamp.com and other streaming services.

This and more in our current episode of our weekly Art Movements podcast.

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