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Artists’ Estates and Foundations


Artists’ Estates and Foundations

This course offers an introduction to the key concepts and issues at play in the field of artists’ estates and foundations, including historical, curatorial, legal, ethical, and market topics.

Estates and foundations occupy an ever-increasing segment of the contemporary art market and today’s art world is experiencing a time when an unprecedented number of artists require assistance with their legacies. Historically, the upsurge of graduate art education programs in the post-war period resulted in an exponential increase in professional artists, resulting now in a demand for expertise in the field of estates and foundations as these creatives age and pass away.

Spread over five course sessions, students will hear from their course leader about the key structural and legal issues of a legacy project by looking at key examples including the Keith Haring Foundation, Louise Bourgeois Estate, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Lectures on ethical considerations and discussions of the ways in which living artists can engage with estates are complemented by guest appearances by professionals in the field working for significant estates or foundations. The course culminates in a practical project in the form of a proposal for a foundation or estate, or a short research paper.

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  • Date
    April 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
  • Time
    1 p.m. EST /
    6 p.m. GMT
  • Duration
    2 Weeks
  • Type
    Live Course
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Collecting,
    • Curating
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Dr Kathy Battista

Faculty, New York

Dr Kathy Battista is a writer, educator, and a curator of exhibitions in museums, galleries, and non-profits. Her research is primarily focused on cross generational feminist art, in particular performance and body-oriented practice. She is the author of New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice and Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London as well as co-editor of Creative Legacies: Artist Estates and Foundations. Battista has over twenty years of leadership positions in the art world. In 1997 she founded the Interaction program at Artangel, a renowned public art agency in London. She founded the MA Program in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, which she helmed for 11 years.

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  • About Live Courses

    About Live Courses

    This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and QandA. All live sessions are also recorded and available in the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.

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  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    By the end of this course, students will:

    • Gain a solid foundation in the basic vocabulary around artist legacies
    • Learn about the key structural and legal issues
    • Be knowledgeable about the various roles in estates and artist endowed foundations
    • Have knowledge of landmark cases in artist estates
    • Be equipped with the best ethical guidelines for working with artists’ estates
    • Learn how living artists engage with artist estates
    • Be introduced to current literature on the subject
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as TBD IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.