For over 23 years Artsystems has collaborated with art world leaders to create and refine the ultimate tool for creating and maintaning catalogues raisonnés. See a selected list of clients here.
Don't waste time or money trying to reinvent the wheel or or settling for a lesser system that will soon be obsolete and/or one that leaves you on your own once set up — not supported and maintained by an expericenced, dedicated group of experts. The art industry's best practices are already built into Artsystems StudioPro and Studio, so you can do things right from the start while configuring our flexible system for your own special needs.
With Studio, virtually every information management task is automated, from making artwork information sheets, creaing bios, printing labels, running reports, and much more — saving 90% of the time that would have been spent without it.
Why are so many catalogues raisonnés of important painters created with Artsystems StudioPro, or Studio? Artsystems has become an art industry standard by virtue of its powerful and comprehensive features, its ease of use, its robust and stable technology, its experienced support team, and its reasonable price. Recommended: StudioPro, Studio, Web Manager.
Artsystems' Editions Module is flexible enough to even manage variable-image-size editions. Add prints all at once, singly, or in groups. See an overview of an edition in its a comprehensive Editions record, making changes to prices and other details en masse or to an individual print. Recommended: StudioPro, Studio, Web Manager.
Artsystems' Editions Module makes managing multiples a breeze. Add many prints at once and record the edition's works (including 'suites' and 'portolios') through a comprehensive Editions Record, making changes to values or other details en masse or to an individual work. Recommended: StudioPro, Studio, Web Manager.
Studio's Editions Module makes managing multiples a breeze. Add many 'casts' at once and manage the progress of the edition's works through a comprehensive Editions Record, making changes to values or other details en masse or to an individual work. Recommended: StudioPro, Studio, Web Manager.
Artsystems Studio is specifically designed to work for object-making artists working in virtually any genre — with user-defined inventory Type, Category, and Material fields as well as dozens of other user-defined fields and unlimited image attachment for flexible record keeping. Recommended: StudioPro, Studio, Web Manager.
Solutions for Catalogues Raisonnés
Looking to manage a catalogue raisonné and publish it online?
Artsystems has the most complete, efficient, easy-to-use and affordable solution, supported by art management experts with an average of 28 years of experience. Please see an example of Artsystems' basic solution for an online catalogue raisonnné, with data and images populated directly from a live Artsystems Studio database: Mathias J. Alten: A Catalogue Raisonné by James Straub. Our catalogue raisonnné Web site can be expanded and customized, but there is no need for html coding or a webmaster utilizing our integrated Web Manager with Artsystems StudioPro or Studio software. If you don't need a Web site, our StudioPro or Studio software is all you need.
Whether or not you are ready to consider an online catalogue, read on for some important points to consider in managing a catalogue raisonnné.
WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM does A catalogue raisonnÉ need?
The most important tool for the creation and maintenance of a catalogue raisonné is a relational-database
information management software system. A quality relational-database
system saves untold amounts of time by recording, automatically
cross-linking, tracking essential information in one easily accessible place, with no need to enter any information more than once. Besides generating reports in a multitude of formats, a quality system automates the creation of art work bibliography, exhibition, and provenance citations in the correct format, links them to multiple works at once — resulting in the automatic generation of completed art work information sheets, ready to go. In addition, a quality system is able to easily share information with other applications, a Web site, and, if desired, galleries, and perhaps the artist's estate or studio. With this kind of system, users can
quickly and automatically perform tasks that were once
complicated and time-consuming, including many that before were
not even possible.
WHY A QUALITY SYSTEM?
No matter how you look at it, without the right tools, the compilation of a catalogue raisonné can be a time-consuming and profoundly tedious process. Huge amounts of detailed and interrelated art work, art work reference, contact,
and other information need to be recorded, tracked, and related. How accurately this information
is recorded, clearly it is organized, and efficiently it works together to automate information management tasks is all critical to success. System
performance is so important to the catalogue project that the system
utilized should be the best available: well proven, comprehensively
supported, and designed specifically for the creation of catalogues raisonnés.
WHAT does A QUALITY SYSTEM DO?
A good system integrates all related information. It automates as many information
tasks as possible: recording and tracking works, managing contacts,
generating labels, lists, and reports, creating complete art work information sheets … pretty much everything imaginable, in the most
efficient manner, and in ways particular to the industry's accepted
best practices. The 'relational' capacity of the database
means that related records (location-artwork-provenance-contact) are
only a click away, and any mistakes made in repeated names or
terms only need to be corrected once to update the entire system.
Often-used pre-filtered lists ('works in studio', 'damaged prints') can be saved to a drop-down selection. A quality system also can tie
a project together by successfully integrating other mission-critical
software packages such as Acrobat, Word, Outlook — and a Web site.
Does a better system mean a better catalogue raisonnÉ?
What project could not be made better by better management? And as few projects rely more heavily on related information than does a catalogue raisonné, information management is a crucial activity. In considering an information management system, one thing is for sure: the better designed,
more powerful, and more integrated a system, the more successful
a project can be. In any event, this is definitely not the place to cut
corners or try to 'do it yourself', especially when a robust state-of-the-art integrated system can be implemented so inexpensively.
So what is in a quality system?
- Robust software technology to
make it strong, stable, flexible, and powerful
- Comprehensive features that are
useful and efficient, built by true software developers and refined over many years by the
- Intelligent, elegant, and sophisticated software design to make it intuitive and efficient
- Deep company and staff experience
in art management, computers, and software programming
- A large base of successful users
proving the system's quality and ensuring its long-term future
Click on the above links to find out how Artsystems leads the way in each and every category, and why so many important catalogues raisonnés are created with Artsystems Studio and StudioPro.
For more details on Studio, visit the StudioPro or Studio product page.