2:00 PM14:00

Artist-made Objects of Indeterminate Status and the Catalogue Raisonné

Artist-made Objects of Indeterminate Status and the Catalogue Raisonné

Friday, February 14, 2:00 to 3:30pm

Location: CAA Annual Conference at the Chicago Hilton (exact location to come)

Is every object made by an artist a work of art? Should we, and if so according to what criteria, include in an artist's catalogue raisonné works that exist in a seemingly provisional, unfinished, experimental, or fragmentary state? Or that may have served as designs, models, or studies for works subsequently (or not) realized in a "final" form? Is every doodle a "drawing"? Are unexposed negatives part of a photographer's oeuvre? Is an object artfully made to serve a utilitarian purpose a sculpture or a tool? How are newer media–time-based, digital, or otherwise–changing our understanding of the bounds of a catalogue raisonné? How do scholars identify, categorize, and represent oeuvres that defy easy definitions?

And are these kinds of questions and distinctions even relevant to the work of compiling complete catalogues of historical or contemporary artists' bodies of work? If so, why? Is it possible to formulate a set of "best practices" for how catalogues raisonnés distinguish between art/non-art works made by artists? Prospective panelists are invited to investigate these questions from a practical or a philosophical point of view, and to discuss them in relation to works created by artists in any media or time period.

Panelists to come

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8:30 AM08:30

Scholars' Papers: Preservation, Collection, Legacy

Scholars' Papers: Preservation, Collection, Legacy

Date: February 13, 2019, 8:30 to 10am

Location: Clinton Room at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1337 Avenue of the Americas, at 54th St., NYC

Over the course of their careers, many scholars accumulate significant troves of private notes, interviews, photographs, primary and secondary documents, databases, and manuscripts of completed and projected publications. How does a scholar, whether affiliated with an institution or not, ensure that her or his research is not lost? How do institutions and individuals assess the cultural value of such archives? What are some of the practical, financial, and legal issues that can determine whether or how a scholar's archive is preserved and made available to other scholars or to the general public? These are some of the questions our speakers will address.


Sally Brazil, Chief, Archives and Records Management, Frick Art Library, New York: "Frick Art Reference Library Acquisition Policies"
Sheila Schwartz, Research and Archives Director, The Saul Steinberg Foundation, New York: "Preparing Scholarly Papers for Public Archives"

Fausto Nicolai, Visiting Scholar, Art History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University: "The Frederick Mason Perkins Archive in Assisi: a New Source for American Collecting of Early Italian Painting and Contemporary Connoisseurship"

Avis Berman, Independent Scholar, New York: "Archival Ingenuity: Placing Scholars' Papers"

Session Chair:

Susan J. Cooke, independent scholar and CRSA Programs Director

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6:00 PM18:00

Maybes - Is There Room for Doubt in a Catalogue Raisonné?

Maybes - Is There Room for Doubt in a Catalogue Raisonné?

Date: Thursday, November 29, 6 to 8pm

Location: The Dedalus Foundation, 25 East 21st Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10010

Among the general public, the market and the scholarly community, there seems to be an assumption that it is always possible to determine the authorship of an artwork, or to tell a forgery from a legitimate work. In truth the compilers of some catalogues raisonnés will encounter situations where for particular works certainty of attribution is impossible to establish given the unique limitations of connoisseurship, provenance research, archival records and technical analysis as related to the artist under study. The goal of this panel is to begin a discussion of best practices for catalogue raisonné authors regarding how to handle red flags and how best to communicate uncertainty to readers and owners.  Our panel of experts with wide-ranging backgrounds will consider the do's and don'ts in this sensitive debate. 


Stephanie D'Alessandro, Curator, Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vivian Barnett, Independent scholar and freelance curator who compiled four volumes of the Wassily Kandinsky catalogue raisonné plus a final addendum

Jim Coddington, Formerly Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at The Museum of Modern Art

David Nash, Co-owner of Mitchell-Innes & Nash and co-author of online catalogue raisonné of paintings by Paul Cezanne


Elizabeth Gorayeb, Executive Director, The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc. 

Charles Stuckey, Independent Scholar, and the Head of Research, Yves Tanguy Catalogue Raisonné 


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6:30 PM18:30

Preparing for Tomorrow - But How? The Future of Online Catalogues Raisonnés

Preparing for Tomorrow - But How? The Future of Online Catalogues Raisonnés

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 to 8pm

Location: The Dedalus Foundation, 25 East 21st Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10010

Online catalogues raisonnés are still a fairly new publishing model. They excite both users and scholars as they allow for instant updates, reach a worldwide audience, and offer a wealth of search functionalities and hyper-links that printed books cannot provide. But they also come with their own challenges. The matter of longevity and preservation is one of them. Will our online projects still be accessible for future generations when current programming languages have become obsolete? Who will be their custodians? What solutions are available for preserving online publications? Are there best practices for preparing a future-proof online catalogue raisonné?

This panel brings together experienced professionals who will share their views on electronic scholarly publishing and its future.

Overview by Andrea Theil, Director, Roy Lichtenstein Catalogue Raisonné Project


Greg Albers, Digital Publications Manager at J. Paul Getty Trust

Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library

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to May 2

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


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10:30 AM10:30

West Coast Artists and the Catalogue Raisonné


2018 College Art Association Conference (Los Angeles, February 21-24, 2018)

Time: 2/23/2018, 10:30am-12:00pm

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 402B

Carl Schmitz, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation: Pacific Standardization: Catalogues Raisonnés in the West

Lauren A. Ross, The Feitelson/Lundeberg Art Foundation: The Helen Lundeberg Catalogue Raisonné: Painting the 'Mysterious Life of Commonplace Things'

Pui Pui Tran, Betye Saar Catalogue Raisonné Project + Archives, Betye Saar: Assembling a Catalogue Raisonné

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5:30 PM17:30

Technical Art History and the Catalogue Raisonné: Case Studies in the Materials, Methods, and Meanings of Art Works

2017 College Art Association Conference (New York, Feb 15-18, 2017)
Time: 02/16/2017, 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Gramercy B/East
Chair: Katy Rogers, Dedalus Foundation

Maryan Ainsworth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From Connoisseurship to Technical Art History: Charting the Development of Interdisciplinary Studies of Art

Marc Roussel, Roussel Art Conservation: David Smith’s Cast Bronze Sculpture: Process and Perspective

Susan J. Cooke, The Estate of David Smith, New York: Conversations between an Art Historian and a Conservator: A Case Study in Exploring the Work of David Smith (1906-1965) 

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6:00 PM18:00

Issues of Citation

A panel focused on issues of bibliographic citation.  Speakers discussed best practices within our field especially with new online publishing models, with an eye toward how we best serve the end users of our publications.

Lisa Duffy-Zeballos, International Foundation for Art Research

Caitlin Sweeney, Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Lori Salmon, New York Public Library

Katy Rogers, Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association

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6:00 PM18:00

Provenance: Valuing Object-Based Art Historical Research

Dedalus Foundation, May 5, 2016

Moderated by Carl Schmitz, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Putting Provenance Research in Context
Christel Force
Associate Research Curator, Modern and Contemporary, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The value of provenance research for auction houses
Elizabeth Gorayeb
Senior Vice President, Director of Research, Impressionist & Modern Art, Sotheby’s

Tools for Provenance Research: Case Studies from the Archipenko Catalogue Raisonné
Alexandra Keiser
Research Curator, The Archipenko Foundation

Provenance research work and the importance of personal connections
Alex Ross
Managing Editor, The Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné

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12:30 PM12:30


Time: Thursday, February 4, 2016: 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Location: Harding, Mezzanine Level

Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association

Chairs: Susan Cooke, The Estate of David Smith, New York; Shaina Larrivee, The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc.

Isamu Noguchi and Edward A. Rumely: The Artist and His Patron
Deborah A. Goldberg, School of Visual Arts, New York

Authorship and the Workshop: The Case of Joaquín Torres-García’s Project for a Monument
Susanna Temkin, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd.

The Name of the Game: On the 1985 Collaboration Between Nancy Graves and Trisha Brown
Susan Rosenberg, St. John’s University and Trisha Brown Dance Co.; Christina Hunter, Nancy Graves Foundation, New York

Gilbert & George: How the Premise “Art for All” Became a Working Methodology
David Platzker, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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The Catalogue Raisonné  and Its Construction: A Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association Conference
to Jun 14

The Catalogue Raisonné and Its Construction: A Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association Conference

The CRSA held a two-day conference on the practicalities of catalogue raisonné work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York on June 13 and 14, 2015. The conference covered topics germane to the catalogue raisonné scholar including research methodologies, funding, databases, legal issues, publishing, outreach, and more. Panels and roundtables included members of our own scholarly community as well as outside experts in supporting fields.

The conference allowed CRSA members to explore current best practices in an atmosphere of dialogue and scholarly support.


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12:30 PM12:30

Catalogue Raisonné Case Studies: New Findings, Fresh Insights, and Important Reconsiderations

2015 College Art Association Conference

Time: 02/11/2015, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Location: Hilton New York, 2nd Floor, Gramercy B (please check conference program for any possible change)
Chair: Susan Cooke, Estate of David Smith

Rewriting the Life and Work of the Flemish Engraver Nicolaes de Bruyn (1571–1656)
Lorena Baines, National Gallery of Art

Considering Place: A Case Study for Expanding the Horizons of the Catalogue Raisonné
Erin Coe, Boston University

Letters and Watercolors from behind Barbed Wire: A Further Perspective on Hans Reichel’s Artistic Oeuvre
Deborah Browning-Schimek, New York University

Titles, Dates, and the Making of Art History: Primary Sources in Hofmann Scholarship
Juliana Kreinik, Peter Campus Catalogue Raisonné

According to the Artist: Compiling the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings
Sarah Stanners, University of Toronto

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6:00 PM18:00

Copyright Panel

Jan. 8, 2015, 6-8 pm, Dedalus Foundation, 25 East 21st Street, 4th floor

Panelists: Virginia Rutledge (attorney, art historian, consultant to the College Art Association's Committee on Intellectual Property; Christine J. Vincent, Director, Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations; Christy MacLear, Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Christine Kuan, Chief Curator, Director of Institutions and Benefit Auctions, Artsy; Robert Panzer, Executive Director, Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA). 

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4:00 PM16:00

New York Art Resources Consortium Program

Aug. 7, 2014, 4pm-5:30pm, Brooklyn Museum Library Reading Room

Overview of NYARC and Its Programs. Lily Pregill, NYARC Coordinator & Systems Manager for the New York Art Resources Consortium.

NYARC Digital Projects. Stephen Bury will provide a brief overview of all the NYARC digital projects. In particular Dr. Bury will speak about the Frick's Photoarchive digitization and image analysis projects.

Making the Black Hole Gray Project. Sumitra Duncan will provide a brief history and update on current work undertaken for the Mellon funded NYARC project “Making the Black Hole Gray: Implementing the Web Archiving of Specialist Art Resources.” Ms. Duncan will also review what NYARC has done so far with cataloging online catalogues raisonnés and eBooks and collaboration with other digital vendors (JSTOR, Artifex, etc.).

M-LEAD 2 Grant Program. Kim Loconto will provide a brief history of the M-LEAD program and talk about M-LEAD 2 and NYARC and the work being accomplished by the interns from Pratt Institute.

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12:30 PM12:30

Catalogue Raisonné Research and Contemporary Trends In Art Historical Discourse

2014 College Art Association Conference

CRSA Panel Session: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:30-2 pm, in Willidord C, 3rd floor (Hilton Chicago Hotel)


LOUISA WOOD RUBY, Head, Photoarchive Research, Frick Art Reference Library, New York

"Understanding the Early Modern Workshop: A Case for Retooling the Traditional Catalogue Raisonné"

DAVID P. McCARTHY, Professor, Art and Art History, Rhodes College, Memphis

"Putting Westermann in a Box: Utility and Limitations of the Catalogue Raisonné"

GWENDOLYN OWENS, Senior Advisor, Visual Arts Collections, McGill University, Montreal

"Thinking Systematically"


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10:00 AM10:00

Digitizing Artists' and Scholars' Archives: New Initiatives in Preservation, Dissemination, and Art History Research

Friday, December 13, 2013, 10 am - 1 pm
The Archives of American Art, New York Research Center, 300 Park Avenue South, Suite 300

Kate Haw, Director, Archives of American Art: overview of recent AAA, D.C. symposium on American Art History and Digital Scholarship; ongoing and future AAA initiatives

Katy Rogers, Programs Director, Dedalus Foundation, and Manager, Donald Judd Foundation Catalogue Raisonné Project: Dedalus online archives and Donald Judd digital projects

Walter Schlect and Janet Burka, web-archiving interns, Frick Art Reference Library: web-archiving; preserving and documenting born-digital projects

Joy Goodwin, Archives Specialist, AAA New York Research Center: Tour of the NY Center; the design of the new space as it relates to AAA's institutional mission and programming

Shaina Larrivee, Project Manager, The Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné and Heidi B. Coleman, Archivist, The Noguchi Museum: enriching content and outreach by adding new digital assets to the online Noguchi CR

Emily Atwater, M-LEAD-TWO Project/Intern Coordinator, Brooklyn Museum Library: NYARC digital projects and outreach

Susan Shiroma, Senior Librarian, The Foundation Center: Fundraising strategies and resources for archival projects; particular focus on independent scholars

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6:00 PM18:00

To Authenticate or Not to Authenticate?

Christie's New York: March 29, 2012

That is the question our panel will addressed on March 29 from 6 to 8pm at Christie's in New York. Prompted by the recent decisions by several artists' foundations to cease offering ongoing opinions on authenticity, the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association brought together scholars, legal experts, and representatives of the art market to discuss the pros and cons of authentication by catalogue raisonné scholars and committees. The topics covered included 1) the different situations–if any–of artists foundations vs. catalogues raisonnés sponsored by other entities; 2) decisions by catalogue raisonné scholars to defer opinions until publication or to issue opinions on an ongoing basis; 3) issues of scholars continuing to offer opinions after publication to keep catalogues raisonnés current; 4) the alternative of working with an authentication agency, such as IFAR, to avoid legal vulnerability. The panel will be hosted by Christie's under their kind sponsorship and will be free to the public.

Moderator: Nancy Mowll Mathews, CRSA
Barbara Buhler Lynes, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Carolyn Somers, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Richard Grant, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
Peter Stern, McLaughlin & Stern, LLP
Charles Moffett, Sotheby's
Michael Findlay, Acquavella Galleries
Sharon Flescher, International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)
Jack Flam, Dedalus Foundation

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2:00 PM14:00

Issues of the Online Catalogue Raisonné: A Mini Conference

The CRSA mini-conference on "Issues of the Online Catalogue Raisonné" brings together a group of experienced scholars, publishers, and web designers who have been working to make the internet a welcoming site for the catalogue raisonné. In the first of two panels, we will hear from those who facilitate the online publishing effort by designing software and manage websites as well as those who advise on legal issues and serve as editors of online publications.

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