Artist files collections tend to grow somewhat organically, through passive collecting by libraries – e.g. filing the ephemera mailed out by galleries – or by clipping and filing art-related content from newspapers. Although the result can be a broad representation of artistic activity, it can also reflect all kinds of systemic biases in the art world.
Amy Furness is the Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head of Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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