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The Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery (AAPG) Library is pleased to acknowledge the donation of the artist book Florence by Laura Davidson. The book was donated by a library staff member and can be found in the online catalog. Florence, Laura Davidson. 2003. The AAPG Library has a collection of artist books (a book or book-like object that is intended as a work of art by its creator) and currently has a display of examples in the reading room. An interview with the book artist Laura Davidson has been featured previously on this blog. The AAPG previously had 5 books by this artist in its collection, but not any of her tunnel books. Florence, Laura Davidson. 2003. A tunnel books consist of a set of pages bound with two folded accordion strips and viewed through a central hole in the cover. The pages consist of a series of illustrations cut in different shapes and placed one behind the other. Openings in each of the pages page permit the viewer to see through the entire book to the back, and images on each page work together to create a sense of depth. What results is a dimensional scene like looking into a tunnel. Florence is the first in a series that show the artist’s favorite views. This book shows a panorama of the city of Florence from the steps of the church of San Miniato al Monte. The artist has painted on Muirhead guides and Baedeker travel guides. The book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
Last month the Smithsonian Libraries hosted the fall meeting of the Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Close to 30 art and architecture librarians from the region came for a day of learning about some of the initiatives spearheaded by the libraries balanced with an exhibition and library tour at the Freer/Sackler. Erin Rushing, the Digital Images Librarian and Social Media Co-Chair for SIL gave a presentation about the Libraries’ social media initiatives. Recently a working group was organized in order to coordinate SIL’s outreach through social media. Social media gives SIL the opportunity to connect directly with SIL’s users, fans, and friends, as well as to connect with each other while allowing staff and users to easily and quickly share information, generate ideas, and participate in discussions. With initial focus on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter, strategies and goals for each platform are being developed adapting what works best. Since this group effort is still new and evaluation is still being developed, the group is just beginning to discover what works best and what our users like and respond to. Ultimately the Libraries hopes to promote engagement and to increase the tools that we can serve its users. Doug Litts, the Branch Librarian for the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library talked about the various digital projects that the Smithsonian Libraries is pursuing with emphasis on the art resources that are made available to researchers worldwide, such as the Galaxy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library (AAPG) would like to share some of its recent additions to its collections Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library (AAPG) would like to share some of its recent additions to its collections. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
This installation is part of a larger project to discover and highlight the artists’ books in the Smithsonian Institution’s art libraries. A team of Smithsonian Institution librarians and interns is analyzing the accessibility of the collection through the library catalog; investigating new ways to explore the collection through digitization and social media. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library (AAPG) would like to share some of its recent additions to its collections Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
The Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery (AAPG) Library's collection has many special treasures. Few are unique items, but those that are unique are quite special. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
At the Smithsonian American Art Museum an exhibit called To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America is showing until September 5, 2011. This exhibit features the work of painter George Ault during the years surrounding World War II. In addition to the artwork by Ault, the exhibit also features the paintings of Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, and Norman Rockwell. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
In Woody Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris, a modern-day writer finds himself repeatedly traveling back in time to Paris at the height of the 1920’s. While there he meets a number of the period’s famous writers and artists, from Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein to Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Seeing this film made me want to learn more about the fascinating lives of these people, so I decided to research Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, who in the film introduce us to the world of Paris in the twenties. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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The 1962 edition of Current Biography (Wilson) states "The most celebrated woman painter in the United States today, Grace Hartigan, is a leading member of the New York School of abstract expressionists. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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Few owners of a Major League Baseball team have been as colorful as Charlie Finley, the owner of the Oakland A’s team that won three straight World Series from 1972 to 1974. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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Grant Wood, most famously known as the painter of American Gothic, became one of the United States’ most famous artists in the 1930s when the canvas made its splash at the Art Institute of Chicago’s forty-third Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
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Hundreds of books have been written about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States and the only person elected to the presidency four times. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Smithsonian Libraries
“It sounds like you may have a print by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, one of which is held in the Library of Congress and can be seen here. We are not permitted to determine value for art works. However, valuation of prints is determined by many different variables, such as printing run, condition, number, etc. To read about some of these issues, you may want to consult the: Library of Congress historical print evaluation webpage.