ARTstor is digitizing and will distribute more than 100,000 images from Larry Qualls’ unique archive of contemporary art images. 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.

We recently announced the initial release of more than 3,000 images from the Larry Qualls Archive. We are pleased to announce now that we have just released additional images from the Larry Qualls Archive, bringing the total number available to ARTstor users to approximately 7,500.

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 included works of art shown during the Fall 2001 and Winter 2002 gallery seasons. The most recent release – now also available to ARTstor users – covers the Spring and Fall 2001 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.

The most recent release of images from the Qualls Archive includes images of works by nearly 1,000 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 most recent release are:

  • Applebroog, Ida
  • Barney, Matthew
  • Calle, Sophie
  • Eggleston, William
  • Gursky, Andreas
  • Hamilton, Ann
  • Holzer, Jenny
  • Kentridge, William
  • Koolhaas, Rem
  • McCarthy, Paul
  • Mendieta, Ana
  • Moffatt, Tracey
  • Muñoz, Juan
  • Murakami, Takashi
  • Orozco, Gabriel
  • Pardo, Jorge
  • Richter, Gerhard
  • Ruff, Thomas
  • Saar, Alison
  • Samaras, Lucas
  • Sandback, Fred
  • Scharf, Kenny
  • Stella, Frank
  • Walker, Kara

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.”