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The ICRA Annual Conference - 'Provenance and the Catalogue Raisonné'

3rd December
The ICRA Annual Conference - 'Provenance and the Catalogue Raisonné'

ICRA’s Annual Conference will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020 from 9.30am to 5.30pm in partnership with The Art Newspaper and sponsored by Lund Humphries.

The conference will be staged entirely online and will include presentations and case-studies by leading scholars, experts and art market professionals from around the world. The theme of the conference is ‘Provenance and the Catalogue Raisonné’.

Sessions will include a How-to Guide to Research Techniques; Restitution: Research Questions and Perspectives; Provenance and the Law; Provenance in Museums; Artists’ Estates and their Approach to Provenance and the Future of Provenance.

Speakers include Dr Eileen Costello, Director/Editor of the Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné; Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art Trinity College, Oxford; Prof Dr Lynn Rother, Professor for Provenance Studies, Leuphana University, Lüneberg; Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné and Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance, MFA Boston.

The day will include opportunities for questions and networking with speakers and delegates. Tickets for the conference cost £100 per person. There is no charge for ICRA members. The ticket price is waived for students and the unemployed. The programme is outlined below. Delegates will receive a full programme with timings a week before the event.

To book a ticket, please click on the link:

Programme and Speakers 

(Morning sessions) 

A How-to Guide to Research Tools and Practices 

Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, European Head of Restitution, Sotheby’s, London

Dr Eileen Costello, Director/Editor of the Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné

Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art Trinity College, Oxford

Provenance and Forgeries Case study (The Beltracchi Affair) 

Thomas Seydoux, Seydoux et Associés Fine Art

Restitution: Research Questions and Perspectives

MaryKate Cleary, MaryKate Cleary Provenance Research and Fine Art Consulting, University of Edinburgh

Isabel von Klitzing, Owner, Provenance Research & Art Consulting

Provenance and the Law 

Amelia Brankov, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Olivier de Baecque, Partner, De Baecque, Fauré Bellec

Nicholas Maclean, Eykyn Maclean, Chair of the Society of London Art Dealers

Pierre Valentin, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP

Martin Wilson, General Counsel, Phillips

(Afternoon sessions:) 

Spotlight session: Provenance and the Collector: A Conversation with Christian Levett

Private Collector and Founder of Mougins Museum of Classical Art

Artists’ Estates and Archives and their Approach to Provenance 

Stephanie Camu, Founding Partner, Southern & Partners, Artist Management

Susan J. Cooke, As Associate Director of The Estate of David Smith (2002-2018), Ms. Cooke directed and edited the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the sculpture of David Smith (1906-1965)

Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné

Provenance in Museums

Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator, National Gallery, London

Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance, MFA Boston

Iris Schmeisser, Head of Provenance Research, Städel Museum, Frankfurt

The Future of Provenance and the Catalogue Raisonné

Elizabeth Gorayeb, Director, Wildenstein Plattner Institute

David Newbury, Head of Software, J. Paul Getty Trust

Prof Dr Lynn Rother, Professor for Provenance Studies, Leuphana University, Lüneberg

ICRA is grateful to the following for their generous sponsorship and support of the event:

Lund Humphries, The Art Newspaper, The Estelle Trust and Artlyst.

Members event: invite to talk and tour at Art Analysis and Research, London

5th May
Members event: invite to talk and tour at Art Analysis and Research, London

ICRA members are invited to attend a very special event in London, kindly hosted by Art Analysis and Research.

Art Analysis and Research is the market leader for testing and data analytics to authenticate art. Using materials and imaging analyses coupled with technical art history, they support clients worldwide in establishing attribution, dating, assessing value, unmasking forgeries, determining condition, supporting legal claims and more, investigating artists from Rembrandt to Rothko from Geneva to Cairo.

The event will include a presentation by Dr. Jilleen Nadolny, principal investigator and Dehlia Barman, relationship manager, followed by a tour. Together they will explain how we help clients increase the value of their artworks and decrease the risk of buying forgeries, as well as how their approaches can be integrated to support the development of a catalogue raisonné. The different approaches and techniques that can be used will be explained (imaging, material science, dating techniques, technical art history) and illustrated with case-studies.

Members will have received an invitation by email and should RSVP their attendance in the usual way.

The ICRA inaugural conference is a success

22nd November

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

22nd November
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 Programme:
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).

Afternoon sessions:
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 art world.

The Launch of International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA)

1st July
The Launch of International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA)

Guest speaker: Sir Nicholas Serota CH

The Academicians’ Room,
The Keeper's House,
Royal Academy,
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

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