ARTstor has recently added the final images from the University of Michigan’s Asian Art Photographic Distribution (AAPD) collection in the Digital Library, bringing the collection total to approximately 9,600 images of Chinese painting, sculpture, and decorative arts and Japanese painting and prints.

AAPD was established in 1970 as a not-for-profit distributor of visual resource materials of Chinese art. Color photography was introduced in 1975 to document various public collections and exhibitions. By 1978, AAPD had expanded its scope to include Japanese paintings and traveling exhibitions, as well as private and public collections. Most of these images were documented in connection with thematic exhibitions, often with multiple details of individual works. As a result, the archive draws on important permanent collections from a range of museums, as well as major loan exhibitions. Through an additional collaboration with the University of Michigan, more than 12,000 images of South Asian art and architecture from the University of Michigan’s ACSAA Color Slide Project are also available in ARTstor.

To browse these new images, go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click on “Asian Art Photographic Distribution (AAPD) (University of Michigan).” Or, search the keyword: aapd.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Asian Art Photographic Distribution (University of Michigan) collection page.

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