The Institute for Artists’ Estates is delighted to announce its first US workshop, Artists’ Legacies. Planning Immortality.

The four-day programme offers 30 successful applicants the vital and in-depth training required for effective legacy planning and posthumous artist management.

Following successful workshops in Berlin (2018) and London (2017), the third edition brings together high-profile speakers from across the industry to share key insights through lectures, case studies and group sessions at relevant venues across LA, including the Villa Aurora, the Getty Research Institute, Studio Enrique Martinez Celaya, L.A. Louver Archives and Christie’s Beverly Hills. Sharing world-class knowledge and experience, keynote speakers include Chris Dercon (Grand Palais), Lisa Le Feuvre (Holt/Smithson Foundation) and Andrea Theil (Roy Lichtenstein Foundation).

Taking a holistic approach, the workshop covers all pillars of estate management, including legal architectures, emotional and family dynamics, archives and catalogue raisonnés, digital and social media, academia, museums and the art market. The workshop is aimed equally at artists, artists’ families, studio managers, estate executives, gallerists, art lawyers and tax advisors. Alongside the training programme, the workshop also offers a unique opportunity for applicants to exchange their own experiences, developing the lasting personal networks that facilitate effective legacy management.

Date, Fee & Application

Date: 24th-27th September 2019
Location: Los Angeles
Fee: 4,500.00 USD (no sales tax apply)

Due to very limited capacities and to secure a balanced composition of participants we will have to conduct a selection procedure. Early application is strongly encouraged. Please contact us via and provide the following information:

  • Brief letter of motivation for participating in the workshop
  • An updated and complete CV, not longer than 3 pages

Feedback previous workshops

“Thank you for the work you do literally because I had no idea that it existed. Very important work and I am thrilled to know that I am not alone in this daunting task.”
John Mullican, The Estate of Lee Mullican

“Phenomenal four days!”
Tracy Bartley, The Estate of R.B. Kitaj

“The workshop was incredible useful, inspiring and energising”
Andreas Leventis, Lisson Gallery

“Everything about the workshop was wonderful!”
Ben Bowling, Frank Bowling Legacy Project

What you can expect

  • Learning about strategies and structures of an artist’s legacy, the pillars of artist’s estate management and DO’s and DON’Ts of artist’s estate operations
  • covering all relevant topics, i.e. estate legal architectures, emotions and family dynamcis, archive and catalogue raisonné, academia, museum and art markets
  • in a rich four-day learning experience with high profile referents, i.e. Chris Dercon, (Grand Palais), Lisa Le Feuvre, (Holt/Smithson Foundation) or Andrea Theil (Roy Lichtenstein Foundation)
  • including lectures, case studies and group sessions, at important art institutions
  • in a familiar and focused atmosphere, with the unique opportunity to speak and exchange views with others artists working on their legacy set up

Who is right for the programme

  • Artists
  • Artist’s Family Members and Loved Ones
  • Artist’s Studio Managers
  • Estate Executors, Artist’s Legacy Managers & Artist’s Foundations Executives
  • Galleries and Artist’s Liaison Managers
  • Art Lawyers & Tax Advisors


Karl von Trott
+49 30 91 44 28 35



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