What to do with a large number of enormous oil paintings
February 3, 2014 1:38 PM Subscribe
My partner's father, a professional artist, passed away last year. We are now responsible for his work, including many large paintings (over 7 ft high), along with smaller paintings and works on paper. His father wasn't selling many paintings in recent years, so we don't think there's much of a market for them. He was an art professor for many years and had some nice residencies and reviews throughout his career, but as far as we know, he wasn't working with a gallery or dealer in the last few years.
posted by pourtant to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The work is currently stored at his apartment/studio but we need to clean the space out since it's about to be sold. The art is in NYC (where long term storage is definitely not affordable for us). We live in Atlanta now and are only able to visit for a few weeks this month to clear out the apartment.
We'll take the pieces we want and try to give away other pieces to friends and family. But even after we do that, there will still be quite a bit of art left, most of which will be the largest paintings. Even if we could afford a storage facility, we can't imagine that it would be any easier to sell or give away these paintings in the years to come. The thought of locking them up in storage for the foreseeable future isn't appealing. We've looked into organizations that coordinate art donations, but I'm not sure we'd be able to donate more than just a few paintings.
We are trying to come up with any alternatives. We don't really care about trying to sell them at this point, but obviously we would rather have them hanging somewhere rather than locked up in storage. The paintings are sort of reminiscent of Pollock (looks sort of like abstract expressionism?), but with vibrant colors. Some have vaguely identifiable forms, others are more abstract. Obviously, this is subjective, but I think they look great hung in many different spaces and they seem to appeal to a pretty wide variety of people.
My partner does not have a strong sentimental or emotional attachment to all of the paintings. His father didn't leave any specifics about his wishes for the art, but we can assume he would want them to be enjoyed by people and not buried in storage, as much as is possible.
Are we overlooking some resource, particularly in the NYC area? Has anyone else been in a similar situation?