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Very cool video of an architectural firm in Amsterdam, building a house using a 3-D printer. The house will take 3 years to build and contain 13 rooms. Check it out at: Blouin ARTINFO

The New York Public Library’s collection of Indian Coloured Drawings depicts traditional Indian costumes, religious ceremonies, and historical scenes. A hybrid of traditional Mughal and Western styles, paintings on mica were produced in India during the East India Company era (ca. 1780-1858) by unknown local artists for Western patrons as exotic novelties. Few contextual clues regarding their creation, age, arrangement, or manner of entry into the NYPL collections exist. The current two-volume album set, previously unlinked bibliographically in the NYPL catalog, was created by the NYPL bindery during the 1920s or 1930s. 

The New York Public Library’s collection of Indian Coloured Drawings depicts traditional Indian costumes, religious ceremonies, and historical scenes. A hybrid of traditional Mughal and Western styles, paintings on mica were produced in India during the East India Company era (ca. 1780-1858) by unknown local artists for Western patrons as exotic novelties. Few contextual clues regarding their creation, age, arrangement, or manner of entry into the NYPL collections exist. The current two-volume album set, previously unlinked bibliographically in the NYPL catalog, was created by the NYPL bindery during the 1920s or 1930s. 

Apr 6
Have you noticed rather large Easter eggs within store windows or on the streets of New York City? There are over 260 egg shaped sculptures designed by various artists that have been scattered across the five boroughs as part of a massive Easter egg hunt. Guess where we came across the one pictured above?

Have you noticed rather large Easter eggs within store windows or on the streets of New York City? There are over 260 egg shaped sculptures designed by various artists that have been scattered across the five boroughs as part of a massive Easter egg hunt. Guess where we came across the one pictured above?

Apr 4

Come checkout models of “The Kelpies" at the west end of Bryant Park. They are beautifully sculpted by Andy Scott, a renowned sculptor. They will be exhibited until the 22nd of April

Apr 2
We came across a wonderful little article by the eHarmony Staff titled: “15 Reasons to Date a Librarian”. It is true that we do love what we do (no. 8), but please do not ask how we came across this article…

We came across a wonderful little article by the eHarmony Staff titled: “15 Reasons to Date a Librarian”. It is true that we do love what we do (no. 8), but please do not ask how we came across this article…

Recently one of our staff members visited the Museum of the City of New York. There they viewed its City as Canvas exhibit, a collection of graffiti works done by the prolific artists of the 70’s and 80’s. Based on the collection of Mr. Martin Wong, a magnificent artist in his own right, who obtained these pieces, the works span many names, such as: Lee Quiñones, Christopher “Daze” Ellis and Keith Haring. It is a wonderful collection, which we encourage all to visit. If you wish to know more about Graffiti or the artist themselves here are a few books that we have available for you in our department:
“Piecebook: the secret drawings of graffiti writers" by Sacha Jenkins and David Villorente.
“Art in the streets" by Jeffrey Deitch 
“Keith Haring" by Jeffrey Deitch

Recently one of our staff members visited the Museum of the City of New York. There they viewed its City as Canvas exhibit, a collection of graffiti works done by the prolific artists of the 70’s and 80’s. Based on the collection of Mr. Martin Wong, a magnificent artist in his own right, who obtained these pieces, the works span many names, such as: Lee Quiñones, Christopher “Daze” Ellis and Keith Haring. It is a wonderful collection, which we encourage all to visit. If you wish to know more about Graffiti or the artist themselves here are a few books that we have available for you in our department:

Piecebook: the secret drawings of graffiti writers" by Sacha Jenkins and David Villorente.

Art in the streets" by Jeffrey Deitch 

Keith Haring" by Jeffrey Deitch

One of our staff members just came back from a trip, where she visited the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in South Miami, Florida. Here is a wonderful description of what she saw on her visit:

Vizcaya was created in the second decade of the 20th Century for the industrialist James Deering. The building, designed by Paul Chalfin, is itself a work of art. Overlooking the Bay of Biscayne, it resembles an extended Renaissance palazzo fronting a Venetian canal. Interior rooms range in style from Renaissance Italian through Rococo to eighteenth century English, and contain such objects as an ancient Roman tripod, a Renaissance tapestry, and hangings once owned by the English poet, Robert Browning. Particularly impressive, at least to one visitor, were the second floor pantry and kitchen, full of an extensive collection of period cooking equipment, where meals were prepared for Deering and his guests.

The exterior grounds are equally impressive. A wide landing and loggia welcomed guests who might arrive by water (an approach no longer permitted). The“Gardens” themselves stretch south in long descending tiers, marked by formal boxwood or other hedges and by weathered garden statuary. For further information, check out the book “Vizcaya: an American villa and its makers" by Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin (call no: JQF 07-1275). 

“Bad Boy: Eric Fischl with Arezoo Moseni: An Artist Dialogue Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.

Bad Boy: Eric Fischl with Arezoo Moseni: An Artist Dialogue Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.

Mar 8

Getty Images, the world’s largest photo agency, is making its library of over 35 million photos free to use. “Millions of images - including famous shots of Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama - will now be available without cost to blogs and social media sites”. When you use an image, it will have an embedded code that links back to their website.

Read more about it at: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26463886

Feb 8
Check out the latest NYPL blog post: “The Macbeth Gallery and Angry Young Men in the Pamphlet Files”. Here’s a little excerpt:

The gallery opened in 1892 and the NYPL Pamphlet Files collection begins with a small exhibition brochure for Willbur A. Reaser in 1899. The text by Mr. Macbeth notes that despite spending seven years in Europe, Reaser had been saved “from being wrecked in the dangerous seas of modern French art”. The following year the gallery offered a solo exhibit of an American woman, Rosina Emmet Sherwood (born in New Rochelle, NY and a student of William Merritt Chase) at a time when solo shows by women were not common. 1900 also saw an exhibition of Maurice Prendergast’s work. Prendergast would later become a participant in what was probably the most popular and controversial show at the Macbeth Gallery—the February 1908 exhibit of the work of “The Eight”.

Check out the latest NYPL blog post: “The Macbeth Gallery and Angry Young Men in the Pamphlet Files”. Here’s a little excerpt:

The gallery opened in 1892 and the NYPL Pamphlet Files collection begins with a small exhibition brochure for Willbur A. Reaser in 1899. The text by Mr. Macbeth notes that despite spending seven years in Europe, Reaser had been saved “from being wrecked in the dangerous seas of modern French art”. The following year the gallery offered a solo exhibit of an American woman, Rosina Emmet Sherwood (born in New Rochelle, NY and a student of William Merritt Chase) at a time when solo shows by women were not common. 1900 also saw an exhibition of Maurice Prendergast’s work. Prendergast would later become a participant in what was probably the most popular and controversial show at the Macbeth Gallery—the February 1908 exhibit of the work of “The Eight”.

Duchamp’s Life and Legacy - Calvin Tomkins, Ann Temkin, Paul Chan - An Art Book Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.

Duchamp’s Life and Legacy - Calvin Tomkins, Ann Temkin, Paul Chan - An Art Book Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.

Anti Prom 2014:  PUNK!

Yes, it’s that time of year again: students from the High School of Fashion Industries seeking ideas for outfits for the annual Anti Prom, on June 27th, 2014, visited NYPL’sArt & Architecture Collection last week. This year’s theme is Punk, so various books such as the Metropolitan Museum’s Punk: Chaos to Couture were shared, as well as photography books like The Ruins of Detroit. Graffiti, Grunge, distressed materials, black leather, ripped or safety pinned garments, even garbage bags used as fabric, were featured in fashion shots.

“Supertall, Supergreen - Judith Dupré, Adrian Smith, Rick Cook - Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.

Join architectural historian Judith Dupré and renowned architects Adrian Smith and Rick Cook to explore the latest environmental innovations in skyscrapers. 

Supertall, Supergreen - Judith Dupré, Adrian Smith, Rick Cook - Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.

Join architectural historian Judith Dupré and renowned architects Adrian Smith and Rick Cook to explore the latest environmental innovations in skyscrapers. 

Check out the latest cover for the New Yorker, from Canadian artist Bruce McCall. We love our lions, but it has been cold out there!

Check out the latest cover for the New Yorker, from Canadian artist Bruce McCall. We love our lions, but it has been cold out there!

Jan 8
“Rockefeller Center: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Rockettes” will be held tomorrow (Thursday,  January 9, 2014, @ 1:15 pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the South Court Auditorium. 

Rockefeller Center: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Rockettes will be held tomorrow (Thursday,  January 9, 2014, @ 1:15 pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the South Court Auditorium.