Part of the legal saga surrounding the estate of Vivian Maier is drawing to a close a year and a half after it began.
A little over two weeks ago, the tenuous peace surrounding the production and distribution of artwork by Vivian Maier exploded.
Collector Jeffrey Goldstein agreed to speak with me about some of the concerns raised in my previous post — including the handling of Vivian Maier’s artworks and story, as well as the ethics of making posthumous prints from her original negatives.
Finding Vivian Maier, the documentary about the nanny who’s gained incredible posthumous fame for her previously unseen work as a photographer, was released this past weekend in the UK. But in addition to garnering reviews, it’s also bringing a longstanding but little-covered conflict over Maier’s work and archive to light.
Today, the name “Vivian Maier” is far from unknown. People around the world have seen and read about Maier’s photographs, taken in New York, Chicago, and countless other places during the second half of the 20th century.