Jane Kallir, the codirector of the Galerie St. Etienne in New York and a renowned expert on Austrian Expressionism, has announced that she is establishing a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of catalogues raisonnés and related art research.
The Kallir Research Institute, which is named after Kallir’s late grandfather, Otto Kallir, a champion of the works of Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Richard Gerstl, and other Expressionists, will be housed at the Galerie St. Etienne, located at 24 West Fifty-Seventh Street. Kallir announced the initiative at the opening of the Egon Schiele Symposium at the Leopold Museum in Vienna on Thursday, November 9.
“At a time when rising art prices have greatly magnified the economic ramifications of forgeries, it is very important to have a reliable and readily accessible means of identifying authentic art works,” Kallir said. “In addition, the digital format allows us to include much more related information about provenance, collectors, and exhibitions, as well as links to original documents.”
The institute’s initial focus will be the publication of a digital catalogue raisonné of Egon Schiele’s works. The first catalogue of Schiele’s oils was written in 1930 by Otto Kallir and updated in 1966. Jane Kallir supplemented her grandfather’s work on the paintings with new entries on roughly three thousand watercolors, drawings, prints, and sculptures in an updated version of the catalogue raisonné that was released in 1990 and in 1998. The newest edition of the work is expected to be published on the institute’s website on October 31, 2018, the one hundredth anniversary of the artist’s death.
The institute also plans to prepare digital updates of Otto Kallir’s catalogues raisonnés on Austrian artists Richard Gerstl and Grandma Moses. Gerstl was recently the subject of exhibitions at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and the Neue Galerie in New York. Only seventy of his works have survived since the artist’s suicide in 1908 at the age of twenty-five. Otto Kallir’s Grandma Moses catalogue raisonné will also be expanded. Since it was published in 1973, several hundred works have been discovered or attributed to the artist.