The State of Artists Estates

Friday 08 February, 2013
6:30pm, $7

New York Law School
185 West Broadway, Room W220

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Herb Nass, who has appeared as an estate pundit on Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Entertainment Tonight, and many other shows, will cover issues he has seen in the wills and estates of artists that have been probated and address salient issues to be considered when artists create testamentary or trust dispositions. Joan Jeffri will discuss, "ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY," an intergenerational arts legacy project that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate students to undertake the preparation and preservation of their creative work, offering both groups an educational experience that will help shape the future of our cultural legacy. ( . Magda Salvesen, art historian, curator, and author will discuss her book "Artists' Estates: Reputations in Trust." Mimi Smith will present a first hand account of how she went about organizing her own works for her estate after receiving a Joan Mitchell grant to archive her work.

Organizer: Lynne Mayocole, sculptor. ATOA President
Mimi Smith, an early pioneer in clothing, feminist, and installation art began making sculpture in the form of clothing in 1965 not as garments to be worn but as sculpture, installations and visual objects. Over the years her art has continued to examine clothing as both form and subject, while also exploring other themes and using other media from life size paper and knotted thread and tape measure drawing installations, to works related to television and sound, computers, books and clocks.

She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in exhibitions including the retrospective ‘Steel Wool Politics’ at the ICA Philadelphia, ‘WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at LA MOCA, and ‘Addressing the Century, 100 Years of Art and Fashion’ at the Haywood Gallery, London, and is represented by the Anna Kustera Gallery in NYC. Selected public collections include MOMA, the Fog Museum, the RISD Museum, the Newark Museum, and the Spencer Museum.

Brief Bio of Herb Nass, Esq.

As an author and lecturer on the topics of celebrity wills and estate planning, Herbert E. Nass frequently appears on television talk shows and news reports, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Larry King Live,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “The Early Show,” “Today in New York,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” and Court TV, CNNfn and Fox News. In addition, Mr. Nass has lectured at the 92nd Street Y and the Harvard Club in New York City, and to numerous groups across the United States.

Formerly associated with the New York law firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Tenzer, Greenblatt, Mr. Nass now manages his own law firm with offices located in New York City, Harrison, New York and Norwalk, Connecticut. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and California. “Herbert E. Nass & Associates” specializes in Wills, estates and trusts, and all probate and estate related matters. The firm also represents numerous visual artists and art collectors.

“Wills of the Rich & Famous,” by Herbert E. Nass, Esq., was first published by Warner Books in 1991. The updated, hardcover edition of “Wills of the Rich & Famous,” which includes fascinating facts about the Wills of over 100 celebrities ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Malcolm Forbes, from Jackie O to Lady Diana, and from George Washington to Richard Nixon, was published by Random House in the year 2000.

Herb Nass’ newest book is titled “the 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes” and was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc in November of 2009.

Herb Nass was graduated from Horace Mann High School in Riverdale, New York, majored in Art History at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and received his law degree from the N.Y.U. School of Law in 1984. He is a member of The Harmonie Club in New York City and Beach Point Club located in Mamaroneck, New York. He lives in Harrison, New York with his wife, daughter and son (when they are home from College), as well as two Vizsla dogs.

For further information or an appointment, contact Herbert E. Nass & Associates in New York City at telephone number (212)370-0777 or by email at

STACY VELOUDIOS, ESQ. admitted attorney in New York & Connecticut practicing for 20 years. Graduate of St. Johns University BS in Management and MBA in Finance. NY Law School Graduate 1991. General private practice attorney specializing in estates, real estate and negligence law. An active member of Human Rights Campaign and newly elected to Board of Directors of ATOA. Currently a substitute lecturer at John Jay College of Justice in the interdisciplinary area of art & the law. Developed new course offerings Art & Censorship; Art & Power in conjunction with faculty at John Jay’s department of Art & Music.
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