How do I find good homes for a lifetime of my father's work?
October 11, 2011 4:35 PM Subscribe
My father passed away last year and left me as the executor of his will. It was simple, all things considered, as my brother and I split everything 50/50. The riddle that we're having trouble with, and will continue to be complicated long into the future, is that we are now the owners of a lifetime of his artwork.
posted by readymade to media & arts (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We're not in the art business, and never planned ahead for this particular hiccup. Nor did our father, who while teaching art and art history for well over thirty years, never thought to market his own work.
To be fair, not all of it is marketable, but much of it is. We just have no idea where to start.
An estate broker came over and her eyes lit up with a fantastic flame, but I fear that I would be shortchanging Dad's legacy, or that an estate sale might even be financially imprudent. We're not greedy, and his estate was humble, but we would like to get our father his due if he's due any sort of recognition. Certainly he never sought it out for himself.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Metafilter is still my go-to place for unanswerable questions!