Confessions of THE Art Executor
This blog explains that when my sister Jenny died suddenly I became her Art Executor and had to learn what to do from scratch. I hope these posts explaining what I did (and didn’t) may help others in the same situation – and encourage artists to think ahead as well.
Listing the works in date order for the catalogue made me suspect some were missing.
Now I see this work again, I understand how it helps explain the development of Jenny’s works on paper.
How a simple typing mistake misled the artist, a Gallery owner, and the Art Executor.
Like this Composition, a list may look easy, but it’s much more sophisticated than it appears.
Every catalogue must tell a story.
4 years on, I am starting to realise that being an Art Executor is a lifetime’s calling.
Setting off into the blue sky, two men in a balloon are alone in the vastness.
Like many, more important, projects for 2020 our plan for an exhibition of Jenny’s work has fallen victim to Covid-19.
Did Morandi’s example inspire her to paint the same pots for 50 years?
An artist’s experiences can influence their work after a long gestation and without their being conscious of it.
What made her sit down to make another?
is it really lost?
It was a lightbulb moment when I realised that sometimes you just have to make it up.
When I started cataloguing Jenny’s art I wasn’t looking in the right way or seeing what was important. I had to learn to look more deeply.
Every year Jenny would design a special card to send to friends and family.
You have to know what you’ve got.
What a difference a frame makes.
We had had under two weeks to pack the contents of the studio. What have we learned, after storing them for three years?