Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, Oct 2014, no. 8

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Detail from "Evening Before the Witches Ride," 20th c. (oil on canvas) by Dale William Nichols (Source: Bridgeman Education)

It is here to make your life easier

Our E-Journals Title Search offers a single-page interface to access over 47,600 e-journals through title searching, subject browsing, a browsable A-to-Z title list, and links to full-text databases.

You will see if we have the journal available online and/or in print, and what dates and issues are available. We love it and you will too!

Watch the brief (only 1:44 min) demo below.

e-journals portal search

2. Reminder - NYU Bobst Library Access

New 2014/2015 students can now go to NYU's Bobst library to pick up a reader privileges sticker and start using Bobst library.

You must bring your SIA photo student ID card with you to Bobst. On your first visit, go to the Library Privileges window (check hours on the Bobst Fall schedule, link below) - to the left as you enter the library, before the security gates. They will check your name off the SIA-NY student list and affix a Bobst sticker to your SIA student ID card. Always bring your SIA student ID card with you to Bobst, no sticker = no access.

For more information on Bobst reader privileges for SIA-NY students check the Bobst Library page on our library website.

Bobst Library is a great resource because ...

Get your bearings before you go - take an online tour of Bobst Library!

3. Newspaper Subscriptions

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We now have a beautiful hand-made Maple wood display for our paper subscriptions

  • The Art Newspaper
  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • Maine Antique Digest
  • London Review of Books

Find it in our quiet reading room and catch up on the latest in art news and book reviews!

Into materials and techniques? Check out the dovetail joints on the paper rack.

4. New Online Archive: N.Paradoxa

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Founded in 1998, n.paradoxa (ISSN: 1461-0434) publishes scholarly and critical articles written by women critics, art historians and artists which extend feminist art, theory, criticism and history on and about the work of contemporary women artists post-1970 (visual arts only) working anywhere in the world.

We now have access to the full-text archive of this journal. Each thematic volume contains artists and authors from more than 10 countries in the world and explores their work in relation to feminist theory.

5. Archival / Primary Source Material

Need to find Primary Sources for your research?

Our Primary Sources Topic Guide will help you get started.

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Example: Artist Eugène Delacroix writes to Jacques-François Haro, 28 Octobre 1827.

"Haro was a paint dealer and the primary supplier of canvases, frames and paints to Ingres and Delacroix, as well as their usual painting restorer. He offered to represent both painters to galleries and collectors, and took advantage of his relationship with the two artists to collect a significant number of their works during their lifetimes and after their deaths."

Musée National Delacroix. "Art Collectors and Dealers." Art Collectors and Dealers. Accessed September 30, 2014.

What a cool example of a primary source!

6. Library of the Month

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New York Public Library

Things to do and things offered:

1. Get a library card!

2. Borrow books, the nearby (Fifth Ave & 40th) Mid-Manhattan branch has a large circulating art section

3. Take advantage of the impressive Art & Architecture Collection (a non-circulating academic research collection). Use this form to place a request for materials in advance of your visit.

  • The collection maintains an Artist File on microfiche, composed of over 110,000 files on individual artists working in all types of media.
  • The collection also maintains a Pamphlet File of historical information from regional art institutions: including galleries, art schools, professional organizations, and landmark sites.

4. Remote access to select subscription databases - the blue house icon indicates a database you can access from home with your NYPL borrower card barcode.

5. Use the full JSTOR collection at any NYPL branch- our SIA-NY library only subscribes to the Arts & Sciences III JSTOR collection but you can access the full JSTOR collection at any NYPL branch library

6. Download ebooks and audiobooks for your commute to and from class

7. Visit their current exhibitions (more info below)

Artists at Work, Artists in Process

Wednesday, Oct. 1st 2014 at 12pm to Saturday, Oct. 25th 2014 at 5pm

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Plaza Level Lobby

Celebrating 30 years of Works & Process, this exhibition highlights the ongoing partnership between Works & Process and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, showcasing the Works & Process video archives, housed in the library's Jerome Robbins Dance Division. This exhibition features photographs, printed ephemera, and costumes from past performances, which reference the rich archival videos spanning 30 years and documenting 481 Works & Process performances, easily accessed and viewed here at the library.

Described by the New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson.

7. Sale catalogues

Check out our Auction Catalogue page

Where to find them....

*Note: log-in credentials are required for SIA students and faculty access to SCIPIO from off campus.

8. Sale Price Databases

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Use the databases below to access sale results from hundreds of auction houses and catalogs.

SIA students & faculty, please consult Librarians for SIA log-in credentials for the following databases:

NOTE: all of the databases above are listed as a Price Databases sub-set of our e- resources list.

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We love our new ebook reader! Ebrary has recently upgraded its reader to include more features and an easy-to-use interface.

Quickly browse and search ebooks, save them to your bookshelf, make annotations, grab citations, add notes and highlight!

We highly recommend this two minute video for a great introduction to the new reader.

Our ebrary Academic Complete subscription includes over 110,000 ebooks including:

  • Corporate Art Collections: a handbook to corporate buying
  • The Expert versus the Object: judging fakes and false attributions in the arts
  • Many titles in Oxford's "Very Short Introduction" series.

10. New DVDs

In need of a break from your studies? Check out the library's DVD collection.

We have over 250 art-focused DVDs. These range from art documentaries, artists' films, feature films and comedies.

Students may check out 4 DVDs at a time with a 3 night lending period.

Our latest additions to the collection are:

Both recent PBS productions.

Check out the trailers above!

11. Recharge in the Reading Room

Battery low and forgot your charger?

Our new ChargeAll Universal Chargers have 10 charging tips and can charge most mobile phones, tablets and e-reader devices.

There is one charger in the library reading room (first desk on the right-hand side) and one in the student "café" area.

Just for fun ...


National Gallery (film shown 3x a day)

Wednesday, Nov. 5th 2014 at 12:30pm to Tuesday, Nov. 18th 2014 at 7:45pm

Film Forum 209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave New Nork, NY

Show times: 12:30, 4:15, 7:50

London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting. Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as they use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip; he attends administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and more welcoming to a larger cross-section of the public.

Tickets: $7.50 Member $13.00 Regular

About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library
Erin Elliott, Head Librarian
Lauren Puzier, Reference and Cataloguing Librarian
Alex Batkin, Library Assistant

Hilary Ott, Hadley Beacham & Sophia Lee, Student Assistants