Over the past year, we have greatly increased the number of images of works by modern and contemporary artists available in the Artstor Digital Library. Our negotiated agreements with various artists’ rights groups, such as the Artists Rights Society (ARS), ADAGP (French artists’ rights society), and the Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA) have resulted in the availability of works from various collection contributors such as museums, Larry Qualls, ART on FILE, and individual artists and estates.

Contemporary art from the Larry Qualls Archive currently includes over 16,000 images of contemporary art exhibited at galleries and other exhibition spaces throughout New York City and elsewhere. Once complete, the Larry Qualls Archive collection in ARTstor will contain more than 100,000 images.

ARTstor also distributes images from ART on FILE . The collection in ARTstor now numbers over 900 images of contemporary architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and public art. Once complete, the ART on FILE collection will contain approximately 8,500 images.

In addition to agreements with artists’ rights groups, Artstor has reached agreements with individual artists and artist estates. Images by Roy Lichtenstein provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate. We have also reached agreements with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Jackson Pollock, and the Rothko Family Collection. High quality images provided by these artists, foundations and estates, some previously unpublished, will be available to Artstor in the future.

We anticipate new releases of modern and contemporary content throughout the fall, including the Drescher murals collection, and images from the former Cooper Union National Graphic Design Image Database, the New Museum, and works by Mark Rothko. The Franklin Furnace collection first releases are scheduled for early 2008.

We will continue to add 20th and 21st Century art content to Artstor. We will provide updates as we progress in making images from these agreements available. Please visit the Artstor blog to view all announcements on modern and contemporary art in Artstor, or visit the Artstor website Collections Description and Status pages for current information on Artstor collections.