The Art Library Crawl

For the last eighteen months I have been interviewing and photographing Art Librarians with their Very Interesting Collections in repositories all over the world, and writing about it at

It is an ongoing experiential project that has spanned 3 continents and a range of visual arts library manifestations.
I have been given tours of and introduced to the famous and the favourite works in collections as varied as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, the National Art Library in London, and the MONA Library in Tasmania.
Bibliophilic data artists in Upper Austria have shown me their private collections, as have artist run spaces in Sydney and commercial galleries in Venice Beach and New York.
I also attended the joint ARLIS/NA [North America] and Visual Resources Association 2011 conference in snowy Minneapolis.

The opportunity to meet with these collections and their keepers, to discover similarities and differences in practice and custom has been pretty amazing.

You should try it.

Going travelling?
Have an urge to investigate the special collections and unique practice of art libraries in far flung corners of the world? Love a chat with a fellow professional?

You should do so for the ArtLibraryCrawl.
Email me at for more details.
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