Center for Art Law

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Valuing and Preserving Legacy of Immigrant Artists

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How does the art world, commercial and academic, treat and evaluate art of foreigners? Seeing art created overseas and experiencing known places through immigrants’ eyes offer immeasurable inspiration and insights. These creations share with the rest of the world strong cultural connections and exchanges. René Depestre, prominent Haitian poet, once wrote “I wear my roots wherever I go.” Focusing on artists from the Haitian diaspora, this webinar will tackle practical as well as philosophical questions of how immigrant artists preserve their legacy both in the country of origin and the new country where they haven’t had the chance to establish many roots.

Join the Center for Art Law for a conversation with Donna Thompson Ray, the chief appraiser of ATFA Appraisals, who focuses on art of the African diaspora, and Mandy Estinville, an attorney at Estinville Law, PLLC, and daughter of the Haitian painter Fritz St. Jean, about the legacy of diaspora artists in the United States. Moderated by Irina Tarsis, the Center’s Founder and Managing Director, this event in connection with its Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic.

Programs in affiliation with the clinic are designed to guide artists and their heirs on how to plan on what to do with their work and collection to preserving artistic legacy.

Course Materials

Disclaimer: This recording and the information presented herein do not constitute legal advice. Please use for informational purposes only. All rights reserved.

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