New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has expanded its Internet archive in a major way, releasing today more than 200 contemporary art books available for free download online. The collection, which you can save on your computer desktop, is essentially the Millennial verison of a coffee table--perfect for saving space in our cramped Millennial apartments.
The Guggenheim's books date back to 1939 and feature works from a number of notable artists, including Wassily Kandinsky, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin and Mark Rothko. This effort to make the museum's private resources public first began in 2012, when the Guggenheim made 65 catalogs available. Now, the digital archive boasts an impressive 205 titles.
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Today's initiative follows the Metropolitan Museum of Art's updated Open Access Policy, which made 375,000 images available in the public domain earlier this year. "Our core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care," said Met director Thomas P. Campbell, ushering in a new way of thinking about art consumption.
Click here to peruse the Guggenheim's collection.