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Artists' Estates: Reputations in Trust

Edited by: Magda Salveson, Diane Cousineau

ISBN13: 9780813536040
ISBN: 0813536049
Published: August 2005
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £31.50

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Artists' Estates offers a fascinating journey into the complex and competitive art world through the distinctive lens of those who deal with the paintings, prints, and sculpture that artists leave behind after their deaths. Bringing together interviews conducted by Magda Salvesen, the widow of the second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter Jon Schueler, this unique book provides a window into the goals and desires, the conflicts and frustrations, and the emotional and financial strains that confront widows, companions, sons, and daughters as the heirs to artists' estates.

The judiciously arranged and edited interviews also address the benefits and liabilities of foundations and trusts through the insights of lawyers, gallery dealers, and foundation directors. Readers will explore well-known estates, including those of Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, David Smith, Richard Diebenkom, and Fairfield Porter, as well as discover the intriguing legacies of lesser-known artists.

These examples are prefaced by Salvesen's provocative account of her own experience doing "widow's work." Together, the passionate testimonies of families and lovers, the measured voices of art professionals, and the more than eighty photographs offer a vivid and captivating portrait of the relationship between artists and their heirs, the roles of market forces and tax codes, and the place of critical writing and exhibitions in shaping an artist's reputation.

The vibrant tapestry of voices also captures the distinctive flavor of the generation of artists whose work came to the fore in the fifties and sixties. An impressive and irresistible collection, Artists' Estates is an indispensable entree into the private and public art world in America.

Intellectual Property Law, Art and Cultural Heritage Law
1. Formidable Antecedents
B. H. Friedman on Lee Krasner and Annalee Newman
2. The Widow Is the Memory
Anne E. Porter, Widow of Fairfield Porter
Yvonne Hagen, Widow of N. H. (Tony) Stubbing
Harriet Vicente, Widow of Esteban Vicente
Phyllis Diebenkorn, Widow of Richard Diebenkorn
3. The Uncertain Divide: Artist/Wife/Widow;
Adelie Landis Bischoff, Widow of Elmer Bischoff
Charlotte Park, Widow of James Brooks
Regina Cherry, Widow of Herman Cherry
May Stevens, Widow of Rudolf Baranik
4. Unfinished Dialogues: The Artist and the Gallery
Jeanne Bultman, Widow of Fritz Bultman
Stephen L. Schlesinger on the Fritz Bultman Estate
Anne Arnold, Widow of Ernest Briggs, and Bob Brooks
Anita Shapolsky on Her Foundation and Gallery
Jeffrey Bergen on the Romare Bearden Estate
5. The Next Generation
March Avery, Daughter of Milton and Sally Avery
Christopher Schwabacher, Son of Ethel Schwabacher
Helen McNeil, Daughter of George McNeil
6. Foundation Samplings: SoHo and Southampton
Sanford Hirsch on the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Michael Solomon on the Ossorio Foundation
7. Untimely Deaths
Peter Stevens on the David Smith Estate
Helen Park Bigelow, Daughter of David Park
Peggy Gillespie, Widow of Gregory Gillespie
8. A Certain Distance
Rae Ferren, Widow of John Ferren
John Crawford, Son of Ralston Crawford
Robert Jamieson, Companion of Leon Polk Smith
Joan Marter on the Dorothy Dehner Foundation
9. To the Future
Kate and Christopher Rothko, Daughter and Son of Mark Rothko
Stephen Polcari on the Archives of American Art
Ralph Lerner on Art Law
Jack Cowart on the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation