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 and James Siena and launched our subscription service and a redesign of the website. We are currently working with 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.