What we do

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc. is a non-profit, private foundation established in 2016 and based in New York City. Working in collaboration with the Fonds WPI, our partner institution in Paris, we produce digitized catalogue raisonné projects, archival material, and related cultural programming, all accessible to the public online for free. Our institute aims to demonstrate the critical importance and relevance of archival research and its impact on cultural heritage, and to galvanize new avenues of scholarly exploration that pertain to our digital holdings.

Of major importance to our foundation is the production of digital catalogue raisonné projects. A catalogue raisonné is a compendium of all the works produced by a particular artist. The inclusion of works in this publication, by its very definition, is based on the reasoning and deliberations of a scholar or group of scholars, who spend years reviewing primary source materials, related archives, historic sales records, and published texts, and physically examining the works of art. Once compiled, the catalogue raisonné is an essential resource for anyone seeking information about the artist, their production, and their broader cultural influence. These publications are necessary tools within the ecosystem of the art world, and the data contained therein must be continually updated and expanded as new scholarship and information comes to light.

Our work at the WPI includes updating and revising select legacy publications gifted to us by the Wildenstein Institute, as well as embarking upon new catalogue raisonné projects that have begun since 2017. As a part of this initiative, the public is strongly encouraged to submit works to our specific catalogue raisonné committees for review and examination. Previously published information or opinions will only be reconsidered upon formal request to the current committee. For more information about our catalogue raisonné projects and committee examinations, please visit our services page.

Artists Under Study at the WPI

The staff at the WPI currently works on forthcoming publication-related activities for Bearden, Gauguin, Gonzalès, Manet, Marquet, Monet, Pissarro, Redon, Renoir, Van Dongen, Vlaminck, and Wesselmann. Please consult the “Artists” section on our website to discover artist-specific digital projects and publications.

Board & Staff

The WPI maintains its executive and administrative office in New York City and a team of art historians at the Fonds WPI in Paris oversee our historical archives. Our catalogue raisonné projects rely on the opinions of accredited scholars and specialists in the field, who serve as independent consultants or as anonymous participants on our catalogue raisonné committees.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stefanie Plattner
Co-Chair

Vanessa Wildenstein
Co-Chair

Elizabeth Gorayeb
Treasurer and Secretary

ADVISORY BOARD

Vivian Endicott Barnett

Roberta Bernstein

David Newbury

Jack Flam

Deborah Kempe

Lily Pregill

Theodore Reff

William Ruprecht

Lori Salmon

Viki Sand

WPI, INC.

Elizabeth Gorayeb
Executive Director

Caitlin Sweeney
Senior Director of Digital Strategy and Publications

Sandrine Canac Ph.D.
Director of Digital Archival Projects

Jennifer Gimblett
Deputy Director, Research and Publications

Huffa Frobes-Cross Ph.D.
Tom Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné Project Manager

Samantha Rowe
Digital Archivist and Research Associate

Camara Holloway Ph.D.
Romare Bearden Catalogue Raisonné Project Manager

Claire K. Henry
Researcher

Catherine Huff
Researcher

Vitoria Hadba
Researcher

Dana Anderson
Digital Assets Coordinator

Cynthia Biber
Cataloguing Specialist

Magdelaine Dickinson
Director of Finance and Administration

Sallie Fullerton
Communications Coordinator and Administrator

CONSULTANTS

Sylvie Crussard

Claire Durand-Ruel

Anita Hopmans
Senior Research Manager for the RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History

Géraldine Lefebvre

Claude Jacir

Josie Naron

FONDS WPI FRANCE

Florence Sonier Lecerf
Head of Paris Office

Sophie Pietri
Head of Archives

Pascal Perrin
Head of Research

Françoise Marnoni
Senior Researcher and Managing Editor, Gauguin Catalogue Raisonné

Anaïs Alax
Researcher

Laura Espagnon
Researcher

Evgenia Kuzmina Ph.D.
Researcher

Alexia Rouca
Administrative Assistant

Perrine Wanecq
Senior Researcher and Managing Editor, Renoir Catalogue Raisonné

FAQ

The WPI maintains its executive and administrative office in New York City and a team of art historians at the Fonds WPI in Paris oversee our historical archives. Our catalogue raisonné projects rely on the opinions of accredited scholars and specialists in the field, who serve as independent consultants or as anonymous participants on our catalogue raisonné committees.

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