THE OBSERVER

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he moral, to Celia Bertoia, is for artists to put their intentions in writing so that there will be no disputes about what they wanted. That works sometimes, not all the time. Saul Ostrow, a critic and partner in the newly created company, Art Legacy Planning, which provides estate management services to artists and art collectors, noted that one artist (whom he could not name) wrote in his will that paintings from his estate would be gifted to the Met, MoMA and the Whitney. “Each of these museums had one drawing by the artist in their collections, and he thought that since they each had a drawing they would want his paintings, too,” he said. The artist was wrong. “The museums didn’t want the paintings, and the executors of the estate had to go to court to break the will” in order that something else could be done with these artworks.