I did not want to hijack the cougar painting thread so I thought I would start this one.
What to do with a bunch of old paintings and artwork?
Backstory: I inherited a closetful of paintings and artwork from my father when he passed away last year. Most of them are very old, or I should say, they hung in our home when I was growing up. I have photos of me and my brother as we grew up and a lot of them are on the walls in the background. I guess most of them are out-of-date (early 70s thru late 80s/early 90s). It is a mixed bag - some portaits (anonymous, not of family), some framed posters, some original works, some duplicates. All framed, and some have a tag on the back with info about the artist. A lot are from our travels in northern Mexico when we lived in L.A. (big, heavy wooden frames). Others, nothing - in fact I cannot really make out the artist name on some of them. There is one Miro, and a signed Guillaume Azoulay poster from a 1979 art show in L.A.
Here is my question where I hope the art community here can help - How do I get rid of them? There is no sentimental value to me, but I cannot bring myself to just chuck them into the trash. I imagine there is some value in some of them, but how do I find out what is valuable, and what is trash-worthy? Other than the Miro, he did not mention anything about any of the other work, and he left no instructions regarding them. Should I just take photos of everything and put it up on craigslist? Have an art garage sale? I would not know how to even price everything. I do not know a lot about art so I am somewhat, no VERY, lost. The collection is just collecting dust and taking up space in my closet.
Any advice on how to start is welcome.