Guggenheim Digitizes Exhibition Catalogues

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A catalogue cover. (Guggenheim)

It’s a fine day here in New York. The air is crisp and clear. The sky–well, until a few moments ago–a brilliant blue. It is a perfect Friday for hitting the galleries, seeing a few of the Damien Hirst spot-painting shows, perhaps, or the new exhibitions that have popped up over the past week or so.

But maybe you are stuck behind a computer this Friday morning, as Gallerist is at the moment. Take heart! The Guggenheim has digitized a few dozen exhibition catalogues from its archives (they made the announcement last month; we’re a bit late on this) and posted them on its website, and they promise hours and hours of reading pleasure from the comfort of your office desk.

The catalogues, which date back as far as the museum’s 1939 “Art of Tomorrow” exhibition, include those for retrospectives of Philip Guston (1962) Francis Bacon (1963), Alexander Calder (1964) and Edvard Munch (1965), and one for a 1965 two-person show of Klimt and Schiele. (Check out the latter’s cover above!)

Besides some absurdly great graphic design and reproductions of both iconic and obscure artworks, there are essays by critic Lawrence Alloway, former Guggenheim director Thomas M. Messer and Hilla Rebay, the art-collecting painter who married Solomon R. Guggenheim. Enjoy!