Marc Glimcher Starts Online Catalogue Raisonn Company

Marc Glimcher Starts Online Catalogue Raisonn Company
PaceWildenstein president Marc Glimcher is moving to put artists' catalogues raisonnés online, reports the New York Times. The endeavor, under the auspices of a new publishing company called Artifex Press, will start with artists Pace represents, including Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Chuck Close, John Chamberlain, and Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, with 25 more to follow.

Glimcher says the idea came from artists who have asked him for better record-keeping of their work and that he hopes in the future, other galleries will want Artifex to publish their catalogues raisonnés online also. At some point, the public will be able to access each catalog for a fee, estimated at a few hundred dollars per year.

In 2001, Glimcher started another publishing venture, PaperBall, which organized traveling exhibitions, published books, and licensed artist-designed products, as well as managing the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas. Andrea Bundonis Glimcher, PaceWildenstein director of communications and Glimcher’s wife, said, “our work in Las Vegas was so labor-intensive that it became our focus” and that PaperBall had folded a year ago.