From Special Collections to Visual Resources; Ad Reinhardt’s How to Look at Art


We recently had a request to add some images from Ad Reinhardt’s famous “How to Look” series to ARTstor. We were excited to discover that we had large reproductions of the entire series right here in Special Collections! We have added all 23 images to The Visual Resources Collection of the University of the Arts in ARTstor.


Ad Reinhardt’s series on looking at modern art first appeared in PM magazine in 1946. The series gives a humorous look at art history, politics, culture, and art criticism.

The entire series can be seen online in the Visual Resources collection in ARTstor, or in person in Visual Resources and Special Collections, right above the Greenfield Library on the mezzanine of Anderson Hall.





If you have any questions about using the Visual Resources and Special Collections, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.

New in ARTstor: 5000 images from Condé Nast

ARTstor has made available 5,000 images from Condé Nast in the Digital Library, including 2,000 cartoons from The New Yorker and nearly 3,000 fashion photographs from the Fairchild Photo Service.

This is the first release of a planned 25,000 images from Condé Nast, which will also include photographs from the Condé Nast Archive of Photography.

Christopher Weyant, The New Yorker Collection

To view these images, go to the ARTstor Digital Library. Click on the Find button in the menu at the top of the screen, and choose “Browse ARTstor by Collection”. Scroll down through the list of choices to get to Condé Nast. Double click on the name to open the entire collection, or click the plus sign in the folder next to the name to chose between Fashion, Costume and Jewelry and Drawings and Watercolors.

For more information on the Condé Nast Collection in ARTstor, visit Artstor’s blog.

For more information on using the ARTstor Digital Library, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.



ARTstor Digital Library drops Java: upcoming changes in ARTstor

ARTstor will be performing an upgrade on Tuesday, April 16th between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM that will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. After the upgrade, single image downloads will be delivered as Zip files.

Users downloading single images will receive a Zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the image information. ARTstor has step by step instructions on how to download single images as Zip files here. Mac users should have no problems opening the Zip files, but Windows users may need to install new software. ARTstor recommends 7-Zip, available free at

The change to Zip downloads will only effect single image downloads; image group downloads into the Offline Image Viewer will remain the same.

During the upgrade, ARTstor will still be accessible, but users may experience some slowness. If you experience any difficulties after the update, please clear the cache on your browser and restart your image browser. If you have any questions or concerns about using ARTstor, please contact Laura Grutzeck, The Visual Resources Librarian, at