Further Readings

A collection of recommended publications related to the subjects of legacy planning and artists’ estate management.

 
 
 
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BOOK

Artist, Authorship & Legacy: A Reader 

By Daniel McClean

Edited by Daniel McClean and featuring the writings of 22 influential curators, art historians and critics the book addresses how artistic authorship is iterated over time by different actors, from the artist to the artist’s heirs to art experts. It is through the law that artists’ rights of authorship are articulated and tested against collectors, dealers, museums, and even against other artists and photographers.

Book to be published in April 2019.

 
 
 
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ARTICLE

BROOKLYN RAIL, DEC 18-JAN19 ISSUE

In the last few decades, more and more artists have extended their reach into the future by initiating artist-endowed foundations these entities have assumed a strikingly influential place alongside the other platforms of the art world. This issue of Brooklyn Rail offers a guide to the Artist-Endowed Foundation field, providing the general reader with a map that can help locate foundations within the broader realm of actors involved in stewarding artists’ creative and philanthropic legacies.

Available online.

 
 
 
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INTERVIEW

Robert rauschenberg oral history project

In an effort to preserve the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life and work, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, has undertaken the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. This collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist’s family, friends, and many collaborators, is housed on the foundation website

Available online.

 
 
 
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BOOK

THE ARTIST ESTATE: A HANDBOOK FOR ARTISTS, EXECUTORS, AND HEIRS

by Loretta würtenberger

The Artist Estate, a handbook written by Loretta Würtenberger, presents the possible legal frameworks and appropriate financing models available in the posthumous preservation and development of an artist’s estate, as well as the proper handling of interest from the market, museums and academia. Based on numerous international examples, the author explains the different alternatives for maintaining an artist’s estate and makes recommendations on how best to handle work, archives and ephemera following the death of an artist.

 
 
 
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RESEARCH

THE ARTIST AS PHILANTHROPIST STUDY REPORT SUPPLEMENT 2018

By the Aspen institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative

Published by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative, The Artist as Philanthropist Study Report Supplement feature groundbreaking findings about the emerging field of private foundations created in the US by visual artists. The publication presents updated findings of the National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, AEFI’s flagship research program that tracks the field’s development at five-year intervals.

Available online.

 
 
 
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BOOK


Estate Planning for Visual Artists: A Workbook for Attorneys & Executors

Developed in partnership with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC), the workbook includes in-depth sections on legal matters pertaining to intellectual property and copyright as well as estate vehicles, such as wills, trusts, and artist-endowed foundations, among others. The legal details are complemented by perspectives from a diverse group of arts professionals, who offer further information and context on the constellation of entities and relationships that play a role in the legacy-planning process. The workbook is part of the Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) initiative.

Available online.

 
 
 
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RESEARCH

CRSA PROGRAM ARCHIVES

The Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association was founded in 1993 as an affiliated society of the College Art Association to serve the interests of scholars and others engaged in the catalogue raisonné process. In 2018, CRSA held four public programs, including a two-day symposium, all of which were recorded and made available on their website.  Selected topics include “Scholars’ Papers: Preservation, Collection Legacy”, “Maybes - Is There Room For Doubt In A Catalogues Raisonné?” and more.