The ICRA inaugural conference is a success
Over 100 delegates from a broad cross-section of art market businesses attended ICRA's inaugural conference on 22 November at Christie's, London. The day comprised two presentations and three panel discussions and speakers included independent scholars, exhibition curators, managers of artists' estates, publishers and book sellers, a contemporary artist as well as authors of catalogue raisonnés. The event was generously sponsored by Christie's Education. Here is what our delegates said:
Thank-you to you and the board of ICRA for organising such a splendid conference and excellent programme of speakers. A great start to the activity of the organisation.
That was a wonderful panel on Friday, thank you all so much! Everyone contributed such interesting and valuable information and brought out aspects that I for one had not thought of.
The panel was excellent and I came away with many new ideas and thoughts on CRs.
All day was super interesting last Friday! A pleasure meeting you all!
ICRA's inaugural conference
Friday 22 November 2019
Christie's, 9-15 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6PY
The first ICRA conference will offer a full day of presentations and panel discussions on various topics relevant to the catalogue raisonné. The event is sponsored by Christie's Education. The day will include lunch and evening drinks which will give ample opportunity for networking. The full programme is below.
Full details, including how to buy a ticket, are available using the link below. There is a special, discounted rate for ICRA members.
The day begins with registration and coffee from 9.30am.The conference will begin at 10.00am.
Introduction: Pierre Valentin, Chair of ICRA
Presentation I: All the Rembrandts of the World: Towards a History of the Catalogue Raisonné
Dr Antoinette Friedenthal (art historian and scholar)
Panel I: What Makes a Good Catalogue Raisonné
Authors and editors of catalogues raisonnés discuss the logistics, framework, methodology, financing, relationship with the artist and/or artist estate and publishing approach.
Moderator: Georgina Adam (author and journalist, the Art Newspaper and The Financial Times).
Flavie Durand-Ruel (co-author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Albert André and specialist, director of FDR Fine Arts, Brussels)).
Dr Sharon Hecker (sculpture specialist and expert in the works of Medardo Rosso).
Valérie Didier Hess (author of the catalogue raisonné on Mahmoud Said; specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s Paris).
Toby Treves (author of the catalogue raisonné on Peter Lanyon; CEO of Modern Art Press).
Sarah Whitfield (co-author of catalogues raisonnés on René Magritte and William Scott).
Panel II: Establishing and Maintaining a Legacy
This session will look at the positives and negatives of foundations/archives, how to run an archive and how to handle the authentication process.
Moderator: Anna Somers Cocks OBE (Honorary Chairman, The Art Newspaper).
Rana Begum (contemporary artist).
Elizabeth Gorayeb (Director, Wildenstein Plattner Institute).
Saskia Spender (President, the Arshile Gorky Foundation).
Presentation II: The Risks Involved in Writing a Catalogue Raisonné, and how Authors can Protect Themselves
Pierre Valentin (art lawyer and founding partner of Constantine Cannon LLP)
Panel III: Who Uses the Catalogue Raisonné?
This panel will discuss the end user of the catalogue raisonné and how to take into consideration their needs.
Moderator: Toby Treves (author of catalogue raisonné on Peter Lanyon; CEO of Modern Art Press).
Giovanna Bertazzoni (Co-Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Department, Christie’s)
Thomas Heneage (Director, Thomas Heneage Art Books)
Lucy Myers (Managing Director, Lund Humphries)
Prof Richard Thomson (Professor of History of Art at Edinburgh University)
Dr Barnaby Wright (Deputy Head, The Courtauld Gallery)
The conference will end at approximately 5.45pm with networking drinks.
The day will finish at 6.30pm.
The ICRA Board would like to thank Christie’s Education for their generous support which has made this event possible.
Christie’s Education is a specialist provider of postgraduate
higher education and continuing education in the fields of art history, art
business, curating and connoisseurship which places great importance on the
practical experience of art through education as the key to professional
success. Christie's Education is the only academic institution wholly owned by
an auction house making it a unique and exceptional place to learn about the
The Launch of International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA)
Guest speaker: Sir Nicholas Serota CH
The Academicians’ Room,
The Keeper's House,
London W1J 0BD
6.30pm – 8pm
By invitation only
The ICRA Launch
Monday 1 July 2019
The Academicians’ Room at the Royal Academy was full and buzzing with enthusiasm at the launch of ICRA on Monday 1 July. There was a broad cross-section of people in attendance, many of whom had travelled considerable distances to find out more about the association, its aims and objectives. Board members, Pierre Valentin and Toby Treves addressed the room and were joined by Sir Nicholas Serota who gave an excellent speech in support of ICRA stating that its formation was an important and timely venture.
The response to ICRA’s formation has been overwhelmingly positive and the Board is grateful for the support shown for the enterprise to date. ICRA is now open for membership and details of its next event will be posted soon.
Good catalogues raisonnés transform our understanding of an artist’s work
— Sir Nicholas Serota
We live in an ‘exploded’ world where a sense of belonging is more difficult to achieve than ever before, this is why we need communities of like-minded people and ICRA is exactly that.
— Pierre Valentin