guggenheim archive

Recently we wrote about the ins and outs of selling your books online; one comment inquired about our collection of old art books and whether or not we would sell them directly to readers. While we can’t delve into the world of online sales right now, we DO want to point you to this great FREE online art resource: the Guggenheim has put 65 gorgeous modern art books online for anyone to access.

We stumbled on a treasure right away: Calder, A Retrospective Exhibition from 1963: a wonderful range of his work, from monumental sculptures and mobiles to improvised objects he made for his home.

guggenheim archive

This news comes to us via Open Culture, who also have a handy explanation of how to best view the books:

1.) Select a text from the collection. 2.) Click the “Read Catalogue Online” button. 3.) Start reading the book in the pop-up browser, and use the controls at the very bottom of the pop-up browser to move through the book. 4.) If you have any problems accessing these texts, you can find alternate versions on, which lets you download books in multiple formats – ePUB, PDF and the rest.

Enjoy browsing!

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2 replies on “65 modern art books online…for free!

  1. A terrific article and resource on art reading for the masses – and at the right price. Look forward to reading this amazing book.

  2. Great to see the disseminating of these fine art classics. For those who are interested our art books offer another option.

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