Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, November 2013, no. 1

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1. 2013 Library Tours

In September the Library facilitated eight tours of five different local art research libraries.

Sotheby's Institute students were able to meet the librarians and learn how to get started with research at:

1. The Museum of Modern Art Research Centers
2. The Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. The Art & Architecture Department at New York Public Library
4. The Frick Art Reference Library
5. The Frances Mulhall Achillles Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Missed the tours? For more information on local research centers and libraries available for student research, visit the NYC Area Resources page on the Sotheby's Institute Library website or ask the Librarians, Erin and Lauren.


2. Online Tutorials: How Do I ... ?

... Search for a book, dvd or issue of a journal held in the library?
... Find out if the library has access to an electronic copy of an article?
... Locate a copy of an item not held at the Sotheby's Institute Library?

You can quickly find the answers to these and other common research questions in the Online Tutorials section of the Library website.

We have over a dozen brief (3 minutes each or less!) online tutorials that quickly demonstrate how to make the most of many of the library's resources.


3. Library Hours over the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 27 and will be closed Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Be sure to stop by and borrow any books you may need during this time before 5pm Nov. 27.

For a little relaxation over the break consider borrowing one of our many art-themed dvds!

Up-to-date Library hours are always available on the Hours page of the Library website - link located toward the top center of the Library homepage.


4. New Database Subscription! Art & Architecture Archive

This archival collection of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the 20th-century supports scholarship across the spectrum of disciplines in the arts, from fine and applied arts through to interior design, industrial design, and landscape gardening. Access Art & Architecture Archive.


Title List:

  • Apollo
  • Architectural Review
  • Architects' Journal
  • ArtAsia Pacific
  • Art Monthly
  • British Journal of Photography
  • C Magazine
  • Canadian Architect
  • Ceramics Technical
  • Country Life
  • Eye
  • Graphis
  • Ornament
  • Print
  • Sculpture
  • Southwest Art


5. New Database: AskArt

AskART is an online database containing over 270,000 artists. From its inception the focus was on American artists from the early 16th-Century through the present. However, in January of 2007 the database expanded to include international artists' auction records.


6. New Database: Prices For Antiques

Our latest database is P4A - Prices for Antiques. This is a searchable database of past auction prices for antiques, collectibles, and fine art.
  • Auction sales history information, 1999 to present
  • Full color images for every record
  • Search by keyword, classification, origin or date
  • Reference notes with biographical & historical information
  • Data from large & small auctions nationwide

Access P4A from our library's e-resources page.

7. Local Art Bookstores

Here, Alex shares some of his favorite bookstores around New York City that specialize in art, artist books, and ephemera. Even if you aren't looking for a specific book, these are all wonderful places to browse, and get inspired!


1. 6 Decades Books: 6 Decades specializes in contemporary art and artist books from the 1960s to the present. Check the website, or call for hours (as they often change).


2. Karma Books: Karma is a bookstore, publisher and gallery space in the West Village. It specializes in artist books, periodicals (many out-of-print or otherwise hard to find), ephemera, and artists editions. They also publish their own collection of contemporary art and artist books, which are very hard to find outside of the store, and can be very affordable if you become attached!


3. Dashwood Books: Dashwood describes itself as "NYC's only independent bookstore devoted entirely to photography." It is owned and operated by the former Cultural Director of the Magnum Foundation, and has a vast collection of contemporary as well as rare, out-of-print, and vintage photography titles from around the globe. This section of Bond Street is one of my favorite parts of lower Manhattan, and The Smile, which is just down the block, is a great place to have dinner or brunch when you're done browsing!



4. McNally Jackson: McNally Jackson is not only an incredible bookstore, it is an event space, cafe, and self-publishing haven. In other words, you can read, buy, write, listen to, talk about, and make your own books here. The store frequently hosts readings by renowned authors, and it boasts a great cafe on the first floor (there's no WiFi, but you can read titles from the store and use your laptop). In addition to having a wide-ranging art selection divided by genre, they carry many independent, local publications, and can order most titles they don't have in-stock. When you're ready, self-publish your manuscript with the Espresso Book Machine you'll likely hear whirring in the corner during your visit!


5. Printed Matter: Printed Matter is a non-profit organization in Chelsea that carries one of the world's largest selections of publications made by artists. Printed Matter's mission is to support the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of "artwork for the page," and they focus on carrying large, inexpensive editions, not "book objects" or "book arts," that are often much more expensive. They have a public reading room of over 15,000 titles by 6,000 international artists, and all titles are available for viewing and purchase. This is a place I've literally spent hours, and found many small publications by artists I admire!



*MoMA Books and Design Store and the Strand, while perhaps the best known of this list, are very valuable resources and shouldn't be overlooked when you need an art book or just want to browse. Check out MoMA's bookstore (attached to the Design Store), or browse their curated selection of 1,500 (mainly) contemporary art books on the second floor, during museum hours.


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About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library
Erin Elliott, Head Librarian
Lauren Puzier, Reference/Cataloguing Librarian
Alex Batkin, Library Assistant
Joanie Martinez, Student Assistant