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The Afterlife of Sculptures: Posthumous Casts in Scholarship, the Market, and The Law

The Afterlife of Sculptures: Posthumous Casts in Scholarship, the Market, and the Law

Organized by: Dr. Sharon Hecker and Katy Rogers
Date:  May 1-2, 2018, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Hosted by: The Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association
Location: The Dedalus Foundation, 25 East 21st Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10010

Conference Description:

Posthumous casts made from an artist’s lifetime models represent a complex issue for art historians, museums, art foundations, auction houses, curators, collectors, conservators, art lawyers and the art market. The question of how to evaluate and write about these casts is also of vital importance for those working on catalogues raisonnés. The intent of this conference is to share different concerns and viewpoints as well as to come up with new ideas about how to exhibit, label and designate posthumous casts within an artist’s oeuvre.



 MAY 1, 2018

 9.00 – 9.30 Registration, Coffee & Tea


Welcome, Katy Rogers (President, Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association)

Introduction, Sharon Hecker (Independent)

 10.00 – 11.20

Session 1: The Artist’s Legacy: Enhanced or Distorted?

Moderated by Shaina Larrivee (Director, The Hedda Sterne Foundation)

Rosalind McKever (Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery, London), “Unique Forms & Different Versions: Cataloguing Boccioni’s Sculptures”

Derek Pullen (Director, SculpCons Ltd.), “Seeking Definition: Picasso’s Head of Fernande in Plaster and Bronze”

Joan Pachner (Author, Tony Smith Catalogue Raisonné), “And When I Die: Tony Smith’s Posthumous Sculpture”

11.20 –11.45 COFFEE/TEA BREAK

 11.45 – 1.15

Session 2: Positive/Negative Effects of Access and Control, Moral Rights

Moderated by Susan Cooke (Associate Director, Estate of David Smith)

Hannah Kinney (Lecturer, Christ Church, Oxford), “Ownership, Access, and the Afterlife of Giambologna Models”

Ursel Berger (Independent), “Lifetime or Posthumous – the Maillol Case”

Jason McCoy (President, Jason McCoy Gallery and Kiesler Estate), “Completing Bucephalus Posthumously – The Last and Most Ambitious Sculpture by Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965)”


3.00 – 4.20

Session 3: Affective Responses and/vs. Historical Knowledge

Moderated by Sharon Hecker (Independent)

Liz Glynn (Artist), "The Myth of Singularity: Recovering Auguste Rodin through Performative Processes"

Lisa Rafanelli (Professor, Manhattanville College), “The Afterlife of Michelangelo’s Vatican Pietà” 

Mira T. Sundara Rajan (Independent), “The Doctrine of Moral Rights: Obstacle or Conduit to Authenticity?”

Followed by Cocktail Reception



 9.30  – 10.50

Session 1: Categorizing, Defining, Labeling, Viewing: Between Scholarship, the Art Market and the Law

Moderated by Mette Carlsen (Independent)

Jocelyn Poulton and Philip Hewat-Jaboor (Vetting Coordinator and Chair of the Fair, Masterpiece London Art Fair), “Informing the Public: It’s all in the Label”

Laura Bartolomé Roviras (Curator, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí), “Defining Standards: the Previous and Necessary Effort Before Undertaking a Catalogue Raisonné”

 10.50 – 11.15 COFFEE/TEA BREAK

 11.15 – 12.30

Session 2: Sculptors, Heirs, Dealers, Lawyers, Scholars (Part I)

Moderated by Elizabeth Gorayeb (Executive Director, The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.)

Judith Bouchardeau (Avocat Associé, Cabinet Borghese Associés), “French Legal Issues Surrounding the Posthumous Casting of Camille Claudel’s La Vague

Alexandra Parigoris (Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds), “The Death of the Sculptor and the Birth of the Dealer: How Brancusi’s molds enabled the production of posthumous Brancusi bronzes”

Alexandra Keiser (Research Curator, The Archipenko Foundation), “Cataloguing Archipenko’s Bronzes”


2.00 – 3.20

Session 3: Sculptors, Heirs, Dealers, Lawyers, Scholars (Part II)

Moderated by Rosalind McKever (Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery, London)

 Giuseppe Calabi (Senior Partner, CBM and Partners), “Posthumous Casts: Too Good to Be True? A Comparative Law Analysis (Italy and France)”

Paula Hornbostel (Director, Lachaise Foundation), “50 Shades of Bronze: A Case Study of Posthumous Bronze Casts by Gaston Lachaise and a Comparison of These Casts with Their Lifetime Counterparts”

Jonathan Vernon (Ph.D. Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art), “Masters of the Torch: American Modernist Narratives and the Posthumous Casts of Julio González” 

3.20 – 4.40

Session 4: Back to the Future

Moderated by Peter Karol (Associate Professor of Law, New England Law)

Henry J. Duffy (Museum Curator, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site), “Lincoln in Negative Space: The Intersection of Imaging and Art”

William Charron (Partner, Pryor Cashman), “An Overview of Authenticity Issues in the Law”

 Jens Daehner (Associate Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum), “The Phantom of the Original: Casts, Copies, and Value in Greek and Roman Sculpture”

 4.40 Discussion and Final Remarks