capture, document, curate research
and contribute to a more coherent understanding of
an artist’s vision and creative legacy
A dozen years of experience working with provenance researchers, archivists, art scholars and historians, writers, editors and information architects, galleries, museums, foundations, estates, and working artists has made it possible for us to offer you the most comprehensive art content management system available.
The design challenge for panOpticon is not to simply control the self-organizing processes, as some tools attempt to do, but to facilitate the emergence of higher-level outcomes e.g., more coherent understanding, accountability, access control, communication, and the exchange and distribution of usable data, metadata, and information.
Reliable information about artworks and their histories may be published, it can be used to create educational resources and interactive displays, it is indispensable when organizing exhibitions, it is of great help to working artists who are promoting themselves, and it is an essential ingredient in the production of an authoritative catalogue raisonné.*
“It is our intention not only to provide an historical record of Sam Francis’s artworks, but also to embrace his creative and innovative spirit by offering a catalogue that can evolve and change as research continues to develop.”
“Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné Goes Online” — ARTnews
|* Note: It takes more than a great management system to produce catalogues raisonnés —
“…they exist at the intersection of the scholarly, legal and collecting art worlds.”
— IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research)
accurate information is vital to the security
and sustainability of our cultural heritage
panOpticon software powers these artist catalogues [partial list] –
Thomas Hart Benton
George Caleb Bingham
Walter De Maria
John F. Folinsbee
Fitz Henry Lane
John Singer Sargent
John Henry Twachtman
Louis Van Lint
Michael (Corinne) West
panOpticon powers the catalogues on these websites —
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Sam Francis (1923–1994)
Blue Yellow and Orange, 1953, Paris
Watercolor and gouache on paper
38.1 x 56.52 cm (15 x 22 1/4 in.)
Signed and dated on verso in pencil: Sam Francis 1953 [Unconfirmed]
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Japan (3450)