Art in the After

How does one continue an artist’s work posthumously?

I began working as Beatriz da Costa’s assistant about six months before she passed away. We met not long after she had undergone surgery to remove tumors that had spread from her breasts to her brain. Because Beatriz was dealing with the side effects of surgery, and medications that often left her sick and exhausted, her bedroom quickly became our studio. “Who knows what will happen a month from now,” she once told me.

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