Library Reading Lists

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading List: World's Fairs

    In this month’s reading list from the Frick Art Reference Library, Eugenie Fortier, Acting Storage and Retrieval Lead, explores the 171-year tradition of World’s Fairs, to coincide with the current World Expo in Dubai. Recommended books delve into the fairs’ remarkable presentations of art, technology, and global culture.
  • Reading List: The Olympics and Sports in Art

    In conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games and Super Bowl LVI happening this month, the Frick Art Reference Library tackles the world of sports in its latest recommended reading list. Discover titles surveying athletics in art history, arts at the Olympic Games, and depictions of individual sports.
  • Reading List: 2021 Library Acquisitions

    The Frick Art Reference Library’s collection is wide ranging—and constantly evolving. Mary Seem, Acquisitions Lead, offers a sample of the recent book acquisitions of the past year, which enrich and expand on a variety of fascinating topics represented in the library’s holdings.
  • Reading List: Halloween and the Supernatural

    Celebrate Halloween with a list of recommended reads from the Frick Art Reference Library! Available for consultation by appointment in the library’s reading room, these books explore scholarship on spooky themes associated with the holiday, from gothic horror to Surrealism, witches, and the supernatural.
  • Reading List: National Hispanic Heritage Month

    The Frick Art Reference Library offers a recommended reading list from its collection in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The selected titles explore a wide array of contributions by Hispanic and Latinx artists, collectors, and scholars, vital fixtures in the history of the art in the United States.
  • Reading List: Pride Month

    Happy Pride Month from the Frick Art Reference Library! Celebrate by discovering a selection of recommended reads (both hardcover titles and freely accessible e-books) that spotlight LGBTQ+ art, artists, and history.
  • Reading List: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May, browse through a list of recommended reading from the Frick Art Reference Library. Consult the physical books in our reading room at Frick Madison or peruse the free e-books online, all of which highlight artistic contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.