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SYMPOSIUM – THE CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ IN THE 21ST CENTURY

A symposium hosted by Lund Humphries and Artifex Press

in association with Chelsea College of Arts

On Friday 18th November, 2016, Lund Humphries and Artifex Press co-hosted a one-day international symposium on the importance, challenges and practicalities of compiling a catalogue raisonné, including the new publishing options afforded by digital technology. The event provided fascinating insight into the catalogue raisonné process from international experts with experience of a wide range of projects and on works in various different media.

 

Video documentation of each symposium session will be archived below. Speaker biographies are available here.

 

Welcome & Introduction

Welcome from Lucy Myers, Managing Director of Lund Humphries

Welcome from the symposium chair, Dr Nicholas Tromans

 

Session 1 – CREATING A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ

 

What exactly is a catalogue raisonné and why bother compiling one? An art historian and an art-market expert give their view of the importance of the catalogue raisonné to an artist’s legacy.

Dr David Anfam, author of Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas – A Catalogue Raisonné

James Rawlin, independent advisor and curator, formerly Head of Modern and Post-war British Art at Sotheby’s

Followed by:

Past meets present: the catalogue raisonné and the challenges presented by the contemporary artist’s studio.

Mark Waugh, Head of Innovation and Research, DACS

 

Session 2 – GETTING STARTED

[video documentation to follow]

How do you go about setting up a catalogue raisonné project and what do you need to consider in the crucial early stages of such a task?

Panel discussion led by Dr Nicholas Tromans, followed by questions from the floor

Susan Cooke, Director of Programming, The Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, and Associate Director of David Smith Sculptures: A Catalogue Raisonné

Dr Lee Beard, editor, Ben Nicholson: Paintings and Carved Reliefs Catalogue Raisonné

Sarah Whitfield, editor, William Scott Catalogue Raisonné, co-author of the René Magritte Catalogue Raisonné and member of the Scott, Magritte, Arshile Gorky and Francis Bacon authentication committees

 

Session 3 – COLLABORATIONS

[video documentation to follow]

How as a researcher do you manage a relationship with a living artist or living collaborators? What kinds of challenges, both practical and ethical, do such collaborative projects bring?

Panel discussion led by Dr Jo Melvin (Chelsea College of Arts), followed by questions from the floor

Lindsay Aveilhé, editor, Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné

Dr Dietmar Elger, Director of the Gerhard Richter Archive at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and editor, Gerhard Richter Catalogue Raisonné

 

Followed by:

Catalogues Raisonnés – Avoiding and resolving disputes on stolen and fake items

Julian Radcliffe, Chairman of The Art Loss Register (supporting partner)

 

Session 4 – THE CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ PROCESS

[video documentation to follow]

What exactly does a catalogue raisonné consist of? Exploring research techniques and the challenges of the process.

Panel discussion led by Susan Cooke, followed by questions from the floor

Lindsay Aveilhé, editor, Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné

Dr Lee Beard, editor, Ben Nicholson: Paintings and Carved Reliefs Catalogue Raisonné

Dr Dietmar Elger, Director of the Gerhard Richter Archive at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and editor, Gerhard Richter Catalogue Raisonné

 

Session 5 – AUTHENTICATION

 

How and when to authenticate: the principles and practicalities involved in authentication and establishing an authentication/advisory committee.

Panel discussion led by Dr Nicholas Tromans, followed by questions from the floor

Karen Sanig, Head of Art Law, Mishcon de Reya

Robert Upstone, editor, Christopher Wood Paintings Catalogue Raisonné

Sarah Whitfield, editor, William Scott Catalogue Raisonné, co-author of the René Magritte Catalogue Raisonné and member of the Scott, Magritte, Arshile Gorky and Francis Bacon authentication committees

 

Session 6 – PUBLISHING OPTIONS

 

What are the relative advantages and limitations of print/digital and how suitable is each for cataloguing different types of work? At what point should you start conversations with a publisher and how, and what can you expect from the relationship?

Two publishers give their perspectives, followed by questions from the floor led by Dr Nicholas Tromans

David Grosz, President of Artifex Press

Lucy Myers, Managing Director, Lund Humphries

 

Followed by:

Closing address by Dr Nicholas Tromans

Final words from David Grosz, President of Artifex Press

 

Full Speaker Biographies

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