Free: The Guggenheim Puts 99 Modern Art Books Online

On January 19th, Apple apparently plans to roll into The Guggenheim in New York City and announce plans to disrupt the textbook market. Big news? Maybe. But let’s not lose sight of another Guggenheim digital initiative.

In recent days, the museum has made 99 art catalogues available online, all free of charge. The catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis BaconGustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes.

Now let me give you a few handy instructions to get you started. 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 Archive.org, which lets you download books in multiple formats – ePUB, PDF and the rest.

For more good reads, don’t miss our collection of Free eBooks.

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  1. Charles Leck says . . . | January 12, 2012 / 5:47 am

    Thanks, man, for the tip about the Guggenheim catalogs on-line What a wonderful gift to us from that museum. This is why OPEN CULTURE is my favorite web site. I really appreciate your work.

  2. Julian Lang says . . . | January 12, 2012 / 8:38 am

    It’s great for young artists especially to see from whence art comes.

  3. Dan Colman says . . . | January 12, 2012 / 9:14 am

    Thanks Charles. Your comment is why we do the site!

  4. jazz says . . . | January 12, 2012 / 10:09 am

    Thanks for help us to grow with not limits.

  5. AkaTako says . . . | January 13, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    Really great to see excellent contemporary art available to view online!

  6. Architect Jihad Y. Kahil says . . . | January 18, 2012 / 11:47 pm

    Dear Administrator,
    We, me and my wife, were visiting your Museum in New York,few years ago, on September 16th, at Kandinsky Exhibition, and it was amazing.
    You are so generous with the Humanity to create this Site.
    God bless you.
    With our best Wishes for Success and Prosperity,
    Alida and Jihad Y. Kahil
    Cairo, Egypt

  7. Ana Cristina Gil Freire says . . . | March 28, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    Todas às palavras que foram ditas nos outros comentários,também são minhas palavras. Obrigada por criar esse lindo site, e compartilhá-lo com todos. Felicidades.

  8. Ana Cristina Gil Freire says . . . | March 28, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    Todos às palavras ditas nos outros comentários, também são minhas palavras. Obrigada por criar esse site, e pela generosidade de compartilhá-lo com todos. Que enorme prazer, encontrar assuntos que gosto, disponíveis em em mesmo lugar. Vivas à Beleza e à Inteligência. Felidades…

  9. rjeff krause says . . . | May 11, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    The Guggenheim pop-up browser works better if you put your own browser in full-screen mode — F11 key for Google Chrome.

  10. Dr. Farrell says . . . | March 29, 2013 / 4:44 am

    What about Helen Frankenthaler? I think she belongs in this group.

  11. SS says . . . | August 5, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    FLASH! I hate flash.

  12. Ogma Books says . . . | September 12, 2013 / 3:25 am

    More power to their collective elbow. A great online resource for art lovers. See our Art Books for another great online option.

  13. Christian LeBlanc says . . . | December 20, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    A wonder.

  14. Ann says . . . | January 26, 2014 / 5:29 am

    Why flash though?

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