Verso: Archive and Catalogue Raisonné Releases

October 2023 |

Archival Releases: Michel and Irma van Gelder Papers (1898–1971) 

The WPI is pleased to announce the release of the Michel and Irma van Gelder Papers, a collection of art and business records that document the the van Gelder’s activities as art dealers.

The release of this collection sheds light on the complicated history of Michel van Gelder, who catered to a new class of American patrons such as William Van Horne, John G. Johnson, and Peter A.B. Widener at the turn of the twentieth century. It also provides insights into Irma van Gelder’s business practices and her wartime correspondence with officials of the Third Reich about works of art. Although this archival collection includes a few items related to Michel van Gelder’s work as a dealer in the United States, these materials illuminate aspects of the Old Master paintings market during the first half of the twentieth century.

The archives consist of materials about works in their collection, including paintings’ inventories, correspondence, invoices, and photographs of artworks owned by the van Gelders. 

Tom Wesselmann, Face #3, c. 1967. Oil on shaped canvas. Image courtesy of Fabien de Cugnac.

Update to Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus 

The Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus has published its most recent update, which contains the first works examined for inclusion in Europe. These include the important early works Face #3Seascape #1, and one of the five variations of Great American Nude #74. The update also includes pieces from the Museum Ludwig and Frederick Weisman Foundation collection and more than 45 other Wesselmann works.

Events: Gauguin and Data Privacy

Grappling with Gauguin: International Approaches to Exhibiting the Artist’s Work in the 21st century

As the WPI prepares the next installment of Paul Gauguin’s catalogue raisonné, we are excited to present our next webinar series, Grappling with Gauguin. This international series will bring together curators and scholars from institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, and Denmark and address how to make space for diverse perspectives and critical discourse related to this important artist. 

Speakers will include:

Laura Cosendey and Fernando Oliva, Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Anna Kærsgaard Gregersen, The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen 
Patricia O’Brien, Australian National University College of Asia & the Pacific
Angela TiaTia, New Zealand-Australian artist
Dr. Caroline Vercoe, The University of Auckland 

Image credit: Paul Gauguin, Autoportrait à la palette (1898). Courtesy of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

Data Privacy Laws in Archival Collections: Challenges in the Digital Age

Our very own Director of Digital Archival Projects, Sandrine Canac, will be speaking as part of the Center for Art Law’s event “Data Privacy Laws in Archival Collections: Challenges in the Digital Age.”

This event features presentations addressing “some of the challenges faced by art organizations and businesses that collect, preserve, and disseminate archival collections in the digital age.” Canac will discuss archival standards and practices and the digitization and online distribution of archival collections.

Sandrine Canac is an art historian and the Director of Digital Archival Projects at The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, New York. She graduated with a PhD in Art History & Criticism from Stony Brook University. She held fellowships at various institutions including the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies. Her scholarship has been published in journals such as Perspective and the Oxford Art Journal.

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