Reed College Library has a wonderful online exhibition and essay about artists’ books. Pulling items from their Special Collections, the exhibition includes works by artists such as William Kentridge, Gerlovin and Gerlovina, and Xu Bing. The collection contains excellent examples of modern book arts and provides page by page viewing of most items.
Tobacco Project by Xu Bing
You can browse the collection by four main sections:
livre d’artist (deluxe edition prints), avant garde, conceptualist, or contemporary. Or, chose to explore by artist. When Reed does not have an artist’s work online, they link to external websites about the artist.
The University Libraries also has a
book arts collection with over 400 items available for students and faculty to view.
(GRI) works collaboratively with the collections of the The Getty Research Institute , the J. Paul Getty Museum , and the Getty Conservation Institute . Getty Foundation
Sketchbook of Pompeii by Sir William Gell (1830)
‘s The Getty Research Institute “is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts.” To meet this goal, the Institute has many digital collections, including images of art, architecture, photography, and primary sources such as artists’ letters. mission
The GRI’s digital collections can be searched a variety of ways. For example,
to discover search by medium or drawings . photographs to limit to Search by subject or Latin America . Modernism
The Institute also has a
of about a million of its photographs available online. The Collection acts as a reference tool for studying antiquities and Western art. Photo Study Collection
At the end of this month, GRI will launch the
, “a free online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain.” These digitized art books will provide easy access to critical scholarship. Stay tuned to learn more! Getty Research Portal
El Lissitzky (1923) "Schaumachinerie" (Show machinery)
Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)
Alphonse Maria Mucha was a Czech painter in the late 1800s. He is best known for his French Art Nouveau style illustrations for theatrical posters. The Mucha Foundation was established in 1992 and is devoted to teaching and sharing his art.
The Foundation’s website is an excellent source of reading and imagery about Mucha. The
Timeline section places Mucha in political and cultural contexts. The Gallery has over 300 works available for online viewing. Browse all the works or by themes. For fun, there are Color Your Own Mucha downloadable pdfs.
There is also an excellent
bibliography on Mucha to help you further your research. Learn more about him at the UArts Libraries. Search for his name as a subject and as an author. Read a biography on Oxford Art Online (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus) and view images in ARTstor (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus).
The Morgan Library and Museum is a terrific collection of art, music, and literature. Located in New York City, their website offers online exhibitions, music manuscripts, videos, and more.
Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian. Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī
Exhibitions of the library and museum holdings are diverse – from
In the Company of Animals to Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Paintings to Auld Lang Syne: The Story of a Song. Many of the exhibitions have an online version with an essay and additional resources. You can also browse through highlights of the collection including Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, music manuscripts, and paintings and sculpture.
There are videos available on topics such as the famous Dutch manuscript,
The Hours of Catherine of Cleves and Princeton professor Cornel West discussing Jane Austen.
Jean de Brunhoff's Histoire de Babar Maquette
The Morgan Library and Museum has an active
blog highlighting different items in the collection. New at the Morgan showcases new acquisitions by the Library and Museum. Secrets from the Vault, another theme of the blog, includes posts about interesting items like John Ruskin’s Puppet Show and Death or Castration? The Pains of Circus Management.
If you like the collection, check out
Pierpont Morgan Library (Pierpont Morgan was an avid collector in the late 1800s) as an author in the UArts Libraries catalog.
PBS Arts is a visual and performing arts website of the Public Broadcasting Service. Explore visual art, film, dance, theater, music, and writing through video. View them all in the Exhibition Archives. Here are some highlights:
Off Book is a PBS Arts collection of videos on experimental and avant-garde contemporary art. Topics such as Art in the Era of the Internet and Product Design are featured.
Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders is a series of video interviews with musicians and singers from around the world. Learn about Seu George, Brazilian samba singer, and concert pianist Yuja Wang.
loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance goes behind the scenes with the group Troika Ranch to capture the lives and emotions of its members.
PBS Arts also invites you to submit your own artwork via
Flickr or YouTube. If you like PBS Arts, check out the PBS DVDs and videos available at the UArts Libraries!