Over Two Hundred Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim

Beckett Mufson

Tomes of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt, Rothko, and more are as good as yours.

A veritable art history degree's worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.

There's Wassily Kandinsky's 1946 treatise, On the Spiritual in Art; books about movements from the Italian metamorphosis and Russian Constructivism; thousands of years of Aztec and Chinese art; and catalogs of work by the many greats to pass through the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed halls. Formerly locked in paper prisons (a.k.a., hard-copy books), analysis of work by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin, Robert Rauschenberg, Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko, and more is now free to roam the web as PDFs and ePubs.

The initiative to publish certain entries from The Guggenheim's vast library began with 65 catalogs published in 2012 and has now grown to 205 titles. This joins 43 titles available in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Online Reading Room, 281 from Getty Publications' Virtual Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art MetPublications's whopping 1,611 books you can download for free. That's in addition to the 375,000+ high-resolution images of the artworks themselves the Met dumped into the public domain earlier this year.

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