Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné Goes Online

Ah, the catalogue raisonné. It is one of life’s true pleasures: all of an artist’s work collected in one place, ready to be savored. Here at ARTnews headquarters, I keep a copy of Barnett Newman’s next to my desk and jealously guard it. My hope, one day, is to be buried with it. (Only joking: I want to be cremated. Please don’t burn the book!) In recent years, such volumes—once thick, luxuriously printed tomes—have been making their way online, with subscription services through Artifex Press (for Agnes Martin, Lucas Samaras, and more) and some one-off efforts, free to the public, for the likes of Cézanne, Morris Louis, and Peter Cain…. read more

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