Free: The Guggenheim Puts 65 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 65 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, 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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  • 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.

  • Julian Lang says:

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

  • jazz says:

    Thanks for help us to grow with not lim­its.

  • AkaTako says:

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

  • 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

  • Ana Cristina Gil Freire says:

    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.

  • Ana Cristina Gil Freire says:

    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…

  • rjeff krause says:

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

  • Dr. Farrell says:

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

  • SS says:

    FLASH! I hate flash.

  • Ogma Books says:

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

  • Christian LeBlanc says:

    A won­der.

  • Ann says:

    Why flash though?

  • SG says:

    Flash!? A tablet is prob­a­bly the most enjoy­able way to browse an art cat­a­log online. Yet they cut out a huge chunk of those who are iPad users?

  • Pia says:

    Has any­body actu­al­ly down­loaded one of the books, I went to the link from here and could not see any way to down­load unless you have to become a mem­ber of guggen­heim to do it and that costs like $75 or more, so that’s not exact­ly free.

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