Work: Robert Longo, Portrait of Jeffrey, 1980, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Image: D. James Dee.

Work: Robert Longo, Portrait of Jeffrey, 1980, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Image: D. James Dee.

Artstor has released more than 550 images from the D. James Dee Archive of contemporary art in the Digital Library. The collection includes images of work by Claes Oldenburg, Robert Gober, Hannah Wilke, Tauba Auerbach, Glenn Ligon, Rudolf Stingel, Sherrie Levine, Andy Warhol, and many others. These photographs were taken for the artists or for the gallery where they were exhibited: Deitch Projects, Paula Cooper Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and DC Moore. Specifically, there are wonderful works on paper by Donald Judd and Brice Marden exhibited at Susan Sheehan Gallery, drawings by Oldenburg and Gober, fashion sketches by Stephen Sprouse shown at Deitch Projects, painted photographs by Duane Michals shown at DC Moore, and paintings by Dan Walsh.

These images, a sampling of digital photographs taken between 2008 and 2013, are the first batch in what will eventually be a collection of more than 100,000 photographs taken by Dee of leading artists’ work from the 1970s until his retirement in 2013. During this time he worked as the “SoHo Photographer,” documenting works for artists and blue chip galleries at a time when the SoHo neighborhood was the center of the New York art world.

Photographer D. James Dee and his archive

Photographer D. James Dee and his archive

As detailed in another post, Mr. Dee’s entire archive is uncataloged. This batch was cataloged by savvy, detective-like Artstor staff. Of course, we could never catalog the entire collection this way, but we wanted to make a small portion available for educational users as we plan how to digitize and catalog the rest of the collection. We are happy to report that Artstor is currently working with the Dutch company Picturae to digitize approximately 150,000 slides and transparencies from the Dee Archive. Next we need to develop plans to catalog the images, possibly via crowdsourcing, and make them available to our hundreds of thousands of users. Perhaps you can help us? Please feel free to contact us with suggestions and stay tuned for updates as this exciting project develops.

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library.

Learn more on the D. James Dee Archive of Contemporary Art page in Artstor.

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