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An introduction to managing artist estates

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Warhol said, “Death can really make you look like a star”. What should, or can, artists do to benefit their own legacy? How do the art market, academia and museums impact the appreciation of an artist’s work?

The activity of artist estates affects every area of the art world, from dealers and gallerists to museum directors, curators and acquisitions teams, to academics. Their executors can range from close family members and friends to auction houses and commercial galleries.

In this illuminating talk, our speaker Dr. Loretta Würtenberger (The Institute for Artists’ Estates) shares a wealth of expertise and personal experience from many years managing the estates of significant artists such as Hans Arp and Keith Arnatt.

Subjects will include:

  • What are the roles the artist estate can perform? 
  • How does one begin to shape a legacy?
  • What are the factors influencing a legacy?


This is an ideal seminar for artists who are thinking about planning their estate matters, and all those who are engaged with existing artists estates.

The evening includes drinks and refreshments.


About the speaker

After studying law, philosophy and art history, Loretta Würtenberger earned her doctorate in international copyright and patent law at the Max Planck Institute, subsequently becoming the youngest judge in Germany at the Berlin district court. Würtenberger is founder of the Institute for Artists’ Estates and is co-managing various artists’ estates, among others those of Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Keith Arnatt. She is the author of the book The Artist Estate: a Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs, published in June 2016 by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Würtenberger has been lecturing regularly at universities across Europe for over fifteen years. 

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