Through an exciting partnership, ARTstor is digitizing and will distribute more than 100,000 images from Larry Qualls’ unique archive of contemporary art images. We are pleased to announce the initial release of more than 3,000 images from the Larry Qualls Archive.

For nearly three decades, Larry Qualls has been systematically documenting contemporary art exhibitions at galleries and other exhibition spaces throughout New York City and elsewhere. His slides have been and remain an indispensable source – indeed virtually the only reliable source – of contemporary art images for art historians teaching modern and contemporary art. The archive represents an encyclopedic overview of New York City contemporary art exhibitions in the last quarter of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, documenting prominent, emerging, and aspiring artists – the entire rich fabric of the contemporary art world. ARTstor is also helping to sponsor Larry Qualls’ ongoing effort to continue documenting New York gallery shows. “Not only will my work be preserved for generations to come,” says Larry Qualls,” but the digitization will make the images available widely and in better and more stable form than could ever have been possible with film technology.”

ARTstor users, as well as our advisers in the visual resources community, have urged that the archive be scanned and made available systematically, beginning with the more recent gallery shows. Accordingly, the first release of more than 3,000 Larry Qualls images – now available to ARTstor users – includes works of art shown during the Fall 2001 and Winter 2002 gallery seasons. Subsequent releases in ARTstor will progressively and systematically document earlier gallery seasons. Later seasons will also be released as they are cataloged by Larry Qualls.

Because of copyright considerations, only images of works by artists represented by artists’ rights groups with which ARTstor has existing agreements – the Artists Rights Society (ARS) and the Société des auteurs dans les arts graphiques et plastiques (ADAGP) – or with individual artists with whom ARTstor has reached agreements, may be made available internationally. ARTstor expects that vast majority of the Larry Qualls archive will be made available in the United States.

This initial release includes images of works by approximately 750 modern and contemporary artists, ranging from canonic modern and contemporary artists to representatives of younger generations of working artists, both established and emerging. Among the artists included in this first release of ARTstor images are:

  • Richard Artschwager
  • Cecily Brown
  • Gregory Crewdson
  • John Currin
  • Mark Di Suvero
  • Helen Frankenthaler
  • Philip Guston
  • Tim Hawkinson
  • David Hockney
  • Agnes Martin
  • Claes Oldenburg
  • Tony Oursler
  • Richard Prince
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Susan Rothenberg
  • Ed Ruscha
  • Julian Schnabel
  • Carolee Schneemann
  • Richard Serra
  • William Wegman
  • Rachel Whiteread
  • Andrea Zittel

To browse these images, please click on “Image Gallery” on the ARTstor “Welcome Page” and then select “Contemporary Art from the Larry Qualls Archive.” Or simply search the keyword “Qualls.”