Free art books online from the Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums
October 27, 2013 6:20 PM   Subscribe

I love that you can download many of the ones that are out of print as .pdfs. There are several great reference books that will be great to have available digitally when I go to auctions; others will just be great to have for eye candy.
posted by julen at 6:40 PM on October 27, 2013 [2 favorites]

posted by Sticherbeast at 6:43 PM on October 27, 2013

There are a couple of previous threads about the Met books, with good recommendations.
posted by oulipian at 7:34 PM on October 27, 2013 [2 favorites]

Someone should collect and torrent. It's amazing that a publisher would (and could) release a whole back catalog of OOP works. Makes sense, free advertising for the Met and their holdings, more attention = more value.
posted by stbalbach at 7:35 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

awwwwww nice. diminish tele-vision.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 7:40 PM on October 27, 2013

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
posted by Apropos of Something at 9:51 PM on October 27, 2013

THIS will be getting bookmarked as well as passed on.

Many thanks for hours of winter browsing.
posted by BlueHorse at 10:12 PM on October 27, 2013

Fantastic post. I'm so glad we live in the future where we can get out-of-print catalogs and books in digital form for free (legally).
posted by immlass at 11:08 PM on October 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

Digging in now, yum yum yum.
posted by louche mustachio at 3:21 AM on October 28, 2013

These seem particularly good for their essays. I still flinch when I see an art book that shows B&W reproductions of colour works...

As someone who collects art books, I'm waiting for the perfect tech solution for replacing them. This isn't that, but these are still fabulous to have online.
posted by Theta States at 6:42 AM on October 28, 2013

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