document all the data around the artwork of
an individual artist and release usable information
for others to discover, interpret and reuse

Sam Francis, Middle Blue III,

“We work with panOpticon’s information management system to assemble our Sam Francis catalogue raisonné of unique works on paper. The ease with which we can document data, upload images, create lists and notes as part of our daily research has allowed us to expand our archives in so many ways.

“We can’t imagine a better system for this process.”

Debra Burchett-Lere
Director, Sam Francis Foundation


Verifiable, up-to-date information connected with cultural objects, can be shared, it can be published, in can be employed in creating teaching tools and interactive museum displays, it plays a critical role in organizing exhibitions, it is used by working artists to promote themselves, and it is essential to the production of an authoritative catalogue raisonné.

verifiable, up-to-date information is
in demand throughout the entire art industry


art experts and the courts

art insurance

artists’ estates and foundations

auction sales

authority to sell (title)

authenticity disputes

bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and security interests in works of art

catalogues raisonnés

collateralization of art

consignment agreements

copyrights in works of art and reproductions of works of art

cultural patrimony laws

curating exhibitions

customs service regulations concerning the import and export of art

defamation and product defamation concerning works of art and their provenance

divorce and other family disputes

droit moral and the Visual Artists Rights Act

exhibition agreements

donor restrictions on use or display of donated works

import and export of art

International cultural treaties

Internet sites concerning art and art sales

investment management and financial planning

joint ownership of works of art

legal disputes over responsibility and ownership

loans for art buyers and dealers

loans and gifts of artwork to museums

looted and confiscated works of art from the Nazi era

lost and stolen works of art

misappropriation of artwork and design

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

private dealer sales

Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US


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Above: Sam Francis, Middle Blue III, 1959; oil on canvas, 71 7/8 in. x 96 in. (182.56 cm x 243.84 cm); The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Samuel L. Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Below: From left to right: Sam Francis in his Santa Monica Studio, 1979, photo by Meibao D. Nee; Painting by Sam Francis at the White House. Barack Obama’s living quarters. Source: Architectural Digest #archdigest; Sam Francis in his Santa Monica Studio, 1979, photo by Meibao D. Nee.