New Museum of Contemporary Art Collection

Christian Boltanski; Exhibition: The Interrupted Life Reservede Musee des Enfants; © 2006 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The New Museum of Contemporary Art is the first and only museum in New York City devoted solely to contemporary art. Since it was founded in 1977, the museum has developed a curatorial program focused on presenting innovative and adventurous contemporary art by emerging and established artists from around the world. The New Museum recently reopened in a new facility designed by Tokyo–based architects Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA. Located on the Bowery, the new New Museum is the first new art museum to be constructed from the ground up below 14th Street in downtown Manhattan.

Throughout its history, the New Museum has followed a tradition of showing important contemporary artists before they became widely recognized. During the museum's first ten years, the following artists exhibited at early points in their career: Donald Sultan (1977), Keith Haring (1980), Richard Prince (1970), Jeff Koons (1980), David Hammons (1980), John Baldessari (1981), Adrian Piper (1981), Robert Colescott (1981), Mark Tansey (1981), Tony Oursler (1981), and Bill Jensen (1983). Significantly, the New Museum has preserved a photographic archive of exhibition installations and individual works from 1977 to the present. As such, the archive chronicles the development of contemporary art through the exhibitions and performances mounted at the New Museum since its founding. Artstor has partnered with the New Museum to digitize approximately 6,200 images from the photo archive and distribute them through the Digital Library for scholarly and educational use. In addition to the artists mentioned above, the collection will also include, among others, works by the following artists: Tom Friedman, Joan Jonas, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, and Andre Serrano. Through this partnership, Artstor will significantly increase the representation of contemporary art in the Digital Library.