Found in the Artist Files Series

Series of articles highlighting surprises or special aspects of artist files

On September 7, 2017, we celebrated the opening of the exhibition Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA). The picture above shows one of the boxes returned to the library from the European/American Art Department a little while ago. The red dots on the folders indicate Artists of Hawai‘i, and they are the most heavily requested artist files among thousands of folders stored in the library.

Many of those Hawai‘i-born artists in the show don’t have national recognition yet they are the local icons whose work is easily seen while driving  … display full entry

Members of the ARLIS/NA Artist Files SIG usually work with files about individual artists, but at the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, artist file material is handled a little differently. Among the array of topics represented in the kaleidoscope of images in the Picture Collection, filed after “Artillery — Naval,” are several artist-related subjects, including “Artists,” “Artists — Cartoons,” and “Artists — Materials.” These files contain a surprising variety of pictures taken from all kinds of sources that feature artists doing artist stuff: painting, drawing, sculpting, etc. There are images from books about artists, magazines featuring people  … display full entry