Photography: via Guggenheim Museum Archive
Beautiful, illustrated art books tend to sell for a pretty penny, which can put a damper on the efforts of people who want to learn about art and not spend a fortune doing it. Luckily, the Guggenheim has come to the rescue, with an archive of over 200 rare and out-of-print art titles available for download from their website. Artists in the collection include Wassily Kandinsky, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin, and Joseph Cornell, and topics range from Pop art to Russian Constructivism to the craftsmen of ancient Peru. There are also several books on architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who is responsible for the museum’s winding, circular design.
The museum began offering rare books from their library online in 2012. Since then, the collection has grown from 65 to 205 tomes. As the Creators Project notes, Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s online reading room has 43 titles, The Getty has 281, and the Met has a whopping 1,611 books available for download, no cash necessary. All hail the internet! All hail free books!