Art Talks: Dr Loretta Würtenberger and Melanie Gerlis

    A reading of 'The Artist’s Estate: A Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs'


    16 March 2017, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

    Gimpel Fils
    30 Davies Street
    W1K 4NB

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    Event details

    DACS Foundation is delighted to host a reading of The Artist’s Estate: A Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs by Dr Loretta Würtenberger.
    Dr Loretta Würtenberger and columnist Melanie Gerlis will discuss best practice examples for handling and maintaining an artist's estate in the twenty-first century and the management of artworks, archives and finances.

    As part of the event, DACS Foundation will also launch their Patrons & Friends Programme, which will support its ongoing work in the visual arts.

    The Artist’s Estate: A Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs will be available for purchase at the reduced price of £20 (cash sales only). 

    The talk starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by a book signing and drinks.

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    Speaker biographies

    Dr Loretta Würtenberger

    Dr Loretta Würtenberger earned her doctorate in international copyright and patent law at the Max Planck Institute, subsequently becoming the youngest ever judge at the Berlin District Court. Würtenberger has been managing the estates of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp since 2009, and the estate of Keith Arnatt since 2012, together with Matthew Arnatt, and is founder of The Institute for Artists' Estates. She has been a partner at Fine Art Partners since 2009 and is also the co-founder of Contemporary Art Alliance, a non-profit organisation supporting young contemporary artists in Berlin.

    Melanie Gerlis

    Melanie Gerlis became the weekly art market columnist for the Financial Times in September 2016. She was previously Art Market Editor for The Art Newspaper, reporting on auctions, art fairs and market news globally since 2007. Before entering the art world, Melanie worked for ten years at Finsbury, a strategic communications and investor relations firm, advising investment banks, hedge funds and other financial services clients. She has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Her book, Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets, was published by Lund Humphries in 2014.

    Image: Speakers Dr Loretta Würtenberger and Melanie Gerlis