Online Databases


Artexte, Montreal (Quebec) Canada

Artexte has a unique collection representing visual arts in Canada from 1965 to today. The holdings comprise over 20,500 monographs, visual, audio or digital documents (including 1,000 artists’ publications); 10,000 vertical files for artists and arts organizations; and more than 500 Canadian and international art periodical titles. Special collections include the projet Mobilivre/Bookmobile Project (with 600+ artists books and zines) as well as various artists’ audiotape projects. Artexte’s databases provide English and French access to the collection of publications and art documentation.
General information on Artexte’s collection: artexte.ca/research/collection/
Bibliographic database & list of files: artexte.ca/bases-de-donnees/

Archive Artist Publications, Munich, Germany

The Archive is comprised of circa 17.500 artists’ books, magazines, objects, music cassettes, posters, calendars, autographs, and multiples from a selection of international artists. The Archive grew out of exhibitions mounted by the Produzentengalerie Adelgundenstrasse in Munich and Verlag Hubert Kretschmer.
www.artistbooks.de
Verlag Hubert Kretschmer
 

Artists Books in South Africa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
The site was launched in 2006 to coincide with the exhibition Navigating the Bookscape: Artists? Books and the Digital Interface at the 2006 Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom. Since then, other research projects around the book-as-an-artwork have been undertaken and the resultant exhibitions, book-objects as well as related textual research have been included. Unique to the site is The Bibliography of The Jack Ginsberg Collection on Artists Books, which is an index to thousands of printed items (books, scholarly texts, catalogues, pamphlets, tracts etc.) on artists' books, collected by Jack Ginsberg over the last forty-five years.
www.theartistsbook.org.za

Database Image Browser
About the Jack Ginsberg Database and Bibliography

cneai - centre national de l'édition et de l'art imprimé, Chatou, France
The database reach 2560 artist's books of the Fmra, digitized with captions, among the 10,000 existing works of the Fmra collection.
cneai.com/fmra/collection.html
 
Library of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

The Library contains the Art Metropole Collection database with 12,611 items, such as artists' books, multiples and posters, exhibition catalogues, etc., as well as analytics for individual artists represented in group exhibitions, and index entries for anthologies and artists' periodicals.
General information on the Art Metropole Collection  
The Art Metropole Collection Database  
The National Library’s Collection of artists’ books and multiples

The MoMA  Library, New York, United States of America
The Library's holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 300 periodical subscriptions, and over 40,000 vertical files of announcements and ephemera about individual artists. Collection highlights include works on Dada and Surrealism, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, and the Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D) Archive.
DADABASE is the catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art Library and Study Centers. It includes records for all material in the Library, including books, periodical titles, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, pamphlet files, artists' books, special collections materials, and websites. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives.
General information on the Museum Library
Finding Aids and Guides to the Collections in the Museum Archives

DADABASE
The consortium of New York art libraries

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Provides information on the collection of artists' books held in the National Art Library and access to a Visual Database of a selection of artists' books in the collection.
General information on the collection of artists’ books
V&A Artists’ Books Database

 

Artists' publications in the Centre for Artists' Publications, Photo: Bettina Brach