Announcing: The Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus

Image: Great American Nude 1, Estate of Tom Wesselmann, New York

A new approach to catalogue raisonné research

The WPI invites you to explore the Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus: a searchable database of works recorded by the Estate of the Artist that incorporates the WPI’s ongoing research for the forthcoming Tom Wesselmann Digital Catalogue Raisonné.

About the Digital Corpus

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) is working in close collaboration with the Estate of Tom Wesselmann on the Digital Catalogue Raisonné of the artist’s work. Prior to publication of the first installment, which will focus on Wesselmann’s celebrated Great American Nudes series, the WPI will continually update the status of their research with an online initiative called the Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus. This advanced searchable database is freely available for public use and will be continually updated as works are vetted and approved by the Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné Committee.

The Digital Corpus is based on the records of the estate and includes what the artist referred to as “unique major works” and “oil studies.” Drawings and multiples will be added to the corpus at a later date.  

Initially, images of these works are presented in black-and-white with title and date. As works are vetted and approved by the Wesselmann committee for inclusion in the catalogue raisonné, the WPI will publish a color photograph and verified cataloguing information.

The Digital Corpus will provide an unprecedented opportunity to navigate the breadth of the artist’s work and to utilize the most up-to-date catalogue raisonné research in real time.

How to submit a research request

If you would like the WPI to confirm that the work in your possession corresponds to the work recorded in the Digital Corpus, we ask that you please submit your work here for vetting by the Wesselmann Committee. 

Please note: for a limited time, the WPI will waive submission fees for works from the Great American Nudes series.

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