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  • One Hundred Years at the Library: Surrealism in Print

    As we continue celebrating the centennial of the Frick Art Reference Library, Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, explores an unexpected strength of the library’s collections: materials on modern art. In this post, Stephen discusses a sample of the library’s exhibition catalogs from the Surrealist movement, which began in Paris in 1924, the same year the Frick Art Reference Library opened its first dedicated building.
  • Reading List: New Perspectives on Vermeer

    In celebration of Johannes Vermeer’s 390th birthday this month, explore a recommended reading list from the Frick Art Reference Library on the artist’s life and work by Eugénie Fortier, Acting Storage and Retrieval Lead. All the resources on this list were published within the last two decades, speaking to the Dutch artist’s continuing legacy nearly four hundred years later.
  • Intern Digitization Project: Picturesque Views of Paris

    Discover a newly digitized book of engravings of views of Paris from the 1780s, the product of a collaborative project by the four summer 2022 interns at the Frick Art Reference Library.
  • Reading List: Ukrainian Art and Artists

    Celebrate Ukrainian art with a recommended reading list from the Frick Art Reference Library by Eugénie Fortier, Acting Storage and Retrieval Lead. Peruse these publications to discover a wide breadth of art styles and media and to learn how artists from Ukraine have explored their home country’s history and culture through time.
  • Reading List: Disability Pride Month

    In celebration of Disability Pride Month, Michelle McCarthy-Behler, Reference Lead at the Frick Art Reference Library, presents a recommended reading list of monographs and exhibition catalogs that highlight people with disabilities throughout art history.
  • One Hundred Years at the Library: From Prints to Pixels

    As we continue to celebrate the Frick Art Reference Library’s one-hundredth anniversary, Kerri A. Pfister, Photoarchivist, guides us through the library’s collections of reproductions, which have enabled the widespread study of art history. From printmaking to photography to digital imagery, the library has offered cutting-edge technologies through the ages to fulfill its mission of making art resources accessible to the public. Objects featured in this post are part of the celebratory publication One Hundred Objects in the Frick Art Reference Library, available in the Frick’s shop.
  • Reading List: Art, Astronomy, and the Arrival of Summer

    Happy first day of summer! Ralph Baylor, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Lead, offers a reading list on the history of astronomy in art from the collections of the Frick Art Reference Library, in celebration of the summer solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Reading List: Jewish American Heritage Month

    In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, discover a selection of recommended reads from the Frick Art Reference Library on Jewish artists, collectors, and scholars in North America. Books on the list explore themes such as the diasporic experience, assimilation and tradition, and the sacred and secular.
  • One Hundred Years at the Library: A Dedicated Staff

    In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Frick Art Reference Library, Sally Brazil, Barbara G. Fleischman Associate Chief Librarian for Archives and Records Management, looks back on the lifeblood of the library through the decades—its incredible staff. Discover photographs, scrapbooks, drawings, and archival materials documenting the contributions of generations of knowledgeable staff members, who have guided the library’s mission and growth over the past century. Objects featured in the post are part of the celebratory publication One Hundred Objects in the Frick Art Reference Library, available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
  • Reading List: Art and World War II

    In commemoration of the seventy-seventh anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II, Michelle McCarthy-Behler, Reference Lead, offers ten titles from the Frick Art Reference Library exploring art during and after the Second World War—from paintings on the front lines to art used as propaganda, the Monuments Men, and later restitution efforts.

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