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February 22, 2018

Now available: more than 3,000 images from The Phillips Collection

Paul Klee. Young Moe. 1938. Image and original data provided by The Phillips Collection. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Paul Klee. Young Moe. 1938. Image and original data provided by The Phillips Collection. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

The Phillips Collection has contributed more than 3,000 images* to the Artstor Digital Library featuring a comprehensive selection of works from their holdings of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art.

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February 5, 2018

Now available: 9,000 images from the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory has contributed almost 9,000 images* to the Artstor Digital Library documenting installations exhibited at the museum during the last four decades.

This innovative museum of contemporary art, established in Pittsburgh in 1977, has supported hundreds of artists in creating site-specific installations. Starting with James Turrell, the Mattress Factory has for 40 years housed hundreds of works by celebrated and lesser-known artists. This includes many with international reputations, such as Deborah Aschheim, Russell Crotty, Than Htay Maung, Chiharu Shiota, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. It is a leader in site-specific, contemporary art that pushes the boundaries of artists and viewers.

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March 28, 2017

Now available: additional images from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Edward Weston, Cabbage Leaf, 1931-1951. Image and data from SFMOMA; © 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Edward Weston, Cabbage Leaf, 1931-1951. Image and data from SFMOMA; © 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Artstor and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) are making nearly 500 additional images of works from the Museum’s permanent collection available in the Artstor Digital Library. This collaboration brings the total number of images from the Museum within the Digital Library to approximately 1,800. Featuring photographic works by Sibyl Anikeef and Sonya Noskowiak, among others, this launch offers increased coverage of notable female photographers. Photographs by Edward Weston, drawings by Diego Rivera, Gunter Gunschel, and Wayne Thiebaud–as well as paintings by Clyfford Still, Frank Stella, and Josef Albers–round out the contribution.

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December 14, 2016

The New York art world: the 2000s

Bruce Nauman; World Peace (Projected); 1996; Exhibited at Sperone Westwater Gallery, Fall 1996. Image and original data provided by Larry Qualls; © 2009 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Larry Qualls Archive of Contemporary Art surveys almost three decades of work exhibited in the New York area from 1988-2012. In this post, we consider the personalities and forces that dominated the art world in the 2000s. See also the 1980s and the 1990s.

The beginning of the 21st century was an especially auspicious time for the global arts community. While New York retained its place as a cultural capital, its standing in the world seemed buffeted by larger forces.

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December 13, 2016

The New York art world: the 1990s

The Larry Qualls Archive of Contemporary Art surveys almost three decades of work exhibited in the New York area from 1988-2012. In this post, we consider the personalities and forces that dominated the art world in the 1990s. See also the 1980s and the 2000s.

As curator Gary Carrion-Murayari pointed out, the 1990s had a large influence on how we see art today.  “Some of the artists who were doing things that were shocking then, we take for granted now.”[1]

It was a turbulent time, as major institutions were upended. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union. A stock market crash set off a recession keenly felt in the art market. New York gallery owner Mary Boone, named “The New Queen of the Art Scene” in the eighties, reflected on the downturn in 1992. “Value in everything is being questioned,” she said. “The psychology in the 80’s was excess; in the 90’s, it’s about conservation.”[2]

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December 12, 2016

The New York art world: the 1980s

Jean-Michel Basquiat; Gastruck; 1984; Exhibited at Pace Gallery, Spring 2010. Image and original data provided by Larry Qualls; © 2014 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society, New York

The Larry Qualls Archive of Contemporary Art surveys almost three decades of work exhibited in the New York area from 1988-2012. In this post, we consider the personalities and forces that dominated the art world in the 1980s. See also the 1990s and the 2000s

Quall’s collection opens during the hurly-burly of the 1980s, the era of Reaganomics and Wall Street’s “greed is good,” and the rise of AIDS. It was also a time when the booming stock market transformed street artists into superstars.  

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August 12, 2015

The Zen of Agnes Martin

Agnes Bernice Martin, Waters, 1962. Seattle Art Museum; seattleartmuseum.org. © 2008 Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Agnes Bernice Martin, Waters, 1962, Seattle Art Museum. © 2008 Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

To the pioneers of Minimalism, Agnes Martin’s grid paintings were an early source of inspiration. To the Abstract Expressionists, Martin was a peer, whose use of line to cover canvases from edge to edge was not a gesture of Minimal art, but an expression of the AbEx concept of “allover” painting. In her own words, her pale, meditative geometry harkened back to much older ideas. Her art, she claimed, should be recognized alongside that of the ancient’s— the Egyptians, Greeks, Coptics, and, most importantly, Chinese.

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September 2, 2014

Together again: the complete “Migration” series by Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration of the Negro Panel no. 3: In every town Negroes were leaving by the hundreds to go North and enter into Northern industry, 1940 – 1941. Image and original data provided by The Phillips Collection, © 2005 Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration of the Negro Panel no. 3: In every town Negroes were leaving by the hundreds to go North and enter into Northern industry, 1940 – 1941. Image and original data provided by The Phillips Collection, © 2005 Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Jacob Lawrence painted “The Migration of the Negro,” a series of 60 small panels describing the passage of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North, in 1940 and 1941. The works combined the vibrancy of modernism, the content of history painting, and the urgency of political art. The electrifying results catapulted the young artist into fame and the history books.

Lawrence saw the series as a single work, but a year after its completion the Museum of Modern Art acquired the even-numbered pictures and the Phillips Collection in Washington the others, and opportunities to see all the paintings together have been rare. Which is a pity. As art critic Holland Cotter wrote in The New York Times“…only in the complete series can we fully grasp the sinewy moral texture of art that is in the business of neither easy uplift nor single-minded protest.”

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September 13, 2010

Artstor celebrates the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s 75th anniversary with highlights from the permanent collection

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010. Artstor users can now take a closer look at highlights from the museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art in the Digital Library.

The SFMOMA collection now available in Artstor consists of more than 970 images of works from the museum’s permanent collection of local and global modern and contemporary art. The permanent collection consists of more than 26,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts from 1900 to the present. Artists represented include: Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Elmer Bischoff, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Sargent Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, Dorothea Lange, Sol LeWitt, Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Robert Rauschenberg, Doris Salcedo, Richard Serra, Clyfford Still, Wayne Thiebaud, and Edward Weston, among others.

To view the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection: go to the Artstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;” or, if you are at your institution or have an Artstor account, simply follow this link: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/sfmoma

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection page.

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