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Paul Miller, Visual Resources Curator

*Update* February 8, 2023

Prof. Robert S. Mattison finalizes online catalog of artist Franz Kline

From the article:

“Robert S. Mattison has come full circle with his lifelong interest in Franz Kline, completing a comprehensive and definitive digital catalogue raisonné of the American abstract expressionist’s artwork. Working with the Estate of Franz Kline and Hauser & Wirth Institute, Mattison, Marshall R. Metzger Professor of Art History, reached out to museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collectors throughout the world to document and present 256 of Kline’s mature oil paintings.” Congratulations, Dr. Mattison! 

Read on for a description of how Digital Scholarship Services supported the development of this spectacular resource.

The contributions of Paul Miller (Visual Resources Curator, Digital Scholarship Services/Art) to an ambitious exhibition catalog project led by Dr. Robert Mattison (Art) were highlighted recently in an article in the Lafayette News: Prof. Bob Mattison Traces Work of Artist Franz Kline.  From the article:

Robert S. Mattison, Marshall R. Metzger Professor of Art History, has been selected by the prestigious Hauser & Wirth Institute to oversee the creation of a comprehensive digital catalog of paintings produced by acclaimed abstract expressionist artist Franz Kline between 1950 and 1962.”  Dr. Mattison remarked, “’The project is substantially aided by the support of faculty scholarship provided by Skillman Library. [Visual Resources Curator/Digital Scholarship] Paul Miller is essential to this effort. Kline’s estate had partially developed a preliminary paper catalog of his work. Paul is working to translate that into a digital format that will be part of my research. The project will continue to draw on the resources of Skillman, and future research will involve a number of Lafayette students as EXCEL Scholars.’”

Paul’s work extracting data from the paper catalog and transforming it into machine-readable digital format is a great example of the important role he plays supporting digital scholarship at Lafayette.  Congratulations to Paul, Dr. Mattison, and their collaborators on this successful project.