Artifex Press is a publisher of digital catalogues raisonnés. We have developed a proprietary, patented software platform and a dedicated research and publishing program in order to produce, edit, and distribute these seminal publications.
A catalogue raisonné is the definitive, comprehensive, and annotated compilation of all the known works of an artist. Traditionally produced in book form, catalogues raisonnés have often posed a dilemma for scholars. Because the information in a catalogue raisonné is constantly in flux, printed catalogues raisonnés cannot achieve both completeness and accuracy. Artifex Press was conceived to resolve this problem. We offer a solution that is more accessible, more flexible, more time- and cost-efficient, and above all, more accurate and up-to-date than the traditional printed counterpart.
Our approach combines the rigors of art-historical research with the flexibility of digital publishing. As a byproduct of each publication, we are creating digital archives for all the artists with whom we work. Artifex Press launched in 2012 with catalogues raisonnés of Chuck Close and Jim Dine. In 2014, we published our third catalogue, for Tim Hawkinson. In 2017, we published catalogues raisonnés for Agnes Martin, Lucas Samaras, and James Siena and launched our subscription service and a redesign of the website. We are currently working with some 20 artists, estates, and foundations, including Carl Andre, Robert Irwin, Lee Ufan, Sol LeWitt, Niki de Saint Phalle, Lucas Samaras, and Frank Stella.
Artifex Press is taking steps to ensure the longevity of its catalogues. We regularly back up our databases, allow for immediate exports, frequently introduce new technologies to our software, and prioritize working with third-party archives on issues of long-term data preservation. Our ultimate goal is to leverage our expertise in software development and catalogue raisonné publishing to preserve the legacy and intellectual property of participating artists and estates.
Please see below our 2018 brochure of catalogues raisonnés, including information about our currently published and forthcoming projects.
Editor Carina Evangelista discusses the Chuck Close catalogue raisonné
Editor Tiffany Bell discusses the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné
Editor in Chief David Grosz introduces the Artifex Press platform
Jim Dine discusses his use of tools in an interview with Editor Sara K. Davidson
The Artifex Press Advisory Board is comprised of six distinguished art professionals from such institutions as Columbia University, the Frick Collection, Hunter College, the Huntington Library, Pace Gallery, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Our advisory board offers advice on issues ranging from digital preservation strategies to new cataloguing projects to the launch of our subscription service. We are grateful for their ideas, contributions, and commitment to helping us make Artifex Press the best resource it can be.
William C. Agee, Curator and Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor Emeritus of Art History, Hunter College; Committee Member on Donald Judd Catalogue Raisonné; Contributor to Patrick Henry Bruce, Stuart Davis, and Sam Francis Catalogues Raisonnés
William C. Agee is Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor Emeritus of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). He is founding editor, contributing editor, and coauthor of the essays in Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné (three volumes, 2007, Yale University Art Gallery); and was formerly Director of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Pasadena Art Museum. Among his publications are works on Synchromism, Raymond Duchamp–Villon, painting and sculpture of the 1930s, Bruce, Daugherty, Schamberg, Crawford, Diller, Davis, Dove, Francis, Judd, Marin, Noland, Porter, and Arnold Friedman. In Spring 2011, he was a fellow at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He recently wrote a book, Modern Art in America, 1908–1968: A Critical and Thematic History (published by Phaidon in 2016).
Sandra Ludig Brooke, Avery Director of the Library, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Sandra Ludig Brooke is the Avery Director of The Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The Huntington is one of the most complete research libraries in the U.S. in its fields of specialization with more than nine million rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and other archival materials from the Medieval through modern periods. She was previously director of the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section. She led the international Digital Cicognara Library collaborative, served with the executive committees of the Princeton Center for Digital Humanities and the Art Discovery Group Catalogue, and has been a member of the ARLIS/NA Executive Board. She was head of collection development at the Williams College Libraries and, for many years, an editor for the Bibliography of the History of Art. Sandra has done curatorial and museum education work at the Yale Center for British Art and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. She has B.A. and M.A. degrees in art history from Northwestern University and Williams College respectively, and did doctoral work in the history of art at Yale where her principal research was in 18th- and 19th-century British art. Her M.L.S. is from the State University of New York at Albany.
Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Carole Ann Fabian is the Director of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, one of the most comprehensive architecture and arts library collections in the world. As Avery Director, she oversees Avery's renowned research and rare book collections, architectural drawings and archives, and the Columbia University art collection. She is also responsible for the production, publication, and ongoing innovative development of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals – the leading indexing and abstracting publication for the discipline. Prior to joining Columbia University Libraries, she held positions at Artstor Digital Library, the University at Buffalo Libraries, Rochester Institute of Technology Archives, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Museum. Ms. Fabian has served as President of the Art Libraries Society of North America, and is a regular consultant to art and library organizations on matters related to art and architectural libraries and digital library development.
Deborah Kempe, Chief, Collections Management and Access, Frick Art Reference Library
Deborah Kempe is Chief of Collections Management and Access at The Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection. Previous positions were at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University and the libraries of New York University, the New-York Historical Society, and the University of Arkansas.
An active participant in international library consortia, she serves as a member of the advisory groups for Artifex Press, artlibraries.net, The Digital Cicognara Project, and the Getty Research Portal. She is a director of NYARC (New York Art Resources Consortium) and served as the Principal Investigator for a series of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that were instrumental in building a pioneering web archiving program for born-digital art resources. She holds a BA with honors in Art History and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri.
Jon Mason, Director, Research and Archives, Pace Gallery
Jon Mason is the Director of Research and Archives at Pace Gallery in New York.
Samuel Sachs, President, Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Samuel Sachs II, a native New Yorker, is considered to be one of the half dozen outstanding professional Museum Directors in America. He was Director of The Frick Collection in New York City from 1997 to 2003, where he was widely admired for greatly improving an already much respected institution. He is the former Director of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1973-85), and then The Detroit Institute of Arts (1985-97). In both of these institutions he considerably extended their impact on their communities and significantly enriched their collections by gifts and purchase.
Mr. Sachs graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, and also received an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; he has long been active in many other cultural and educational institutions, most notably in the museum field. He is a long-time member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, of which he is a past president. He also served as Chair of the Japan Society’s Exhibition Committee and was formerly both on the board and the Executive Committee of Japan Society. He is past Chairman of the Board of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation.
He is currently President of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Recognized nationally and internationally, he has twice been decorated by foreign monarchs (Sweden and Denmark) for his outstanding contributions to culture.
An author and scholar, he has taught at the University of Michigan as well as having been adjunct professor at Wayne State University (Michigan) and the University of Minnesota. Most recently (2007-08), he was Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford University.
He lives with his wife and family in New York.