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The Clark houses one of the most distinguished art research libraries in the country, with more than 296,000 volumes in over 130 languages. From its opening in 1962 the library has grown and changed over the years to accommodate teaching spaces, visual resources, new programs and initiatives, and a never-ending array of new technologies (in addition, of course, to its growing collection of books), always striving to meet the needs of our valued students, scholars, staff, researchers, and visitors.

 

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The library’s special collections enhance both library and museum holdings. Highlights include the founding collection of Robert Sterling Clark's rare books, the history of photomechanical reproduction, early illustrated printed books, decorative arts and sample books, twentieth- and twenty-first century artists’ books, and archival collections.

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special collections book of the month

Allan Sekula Library

The Photographer's Eye.  John Szarkowski. New York : Museum of Modern Art, 2009.

Over several decades, artist/writer/ teacher/photographer Allan Sekula amassed a library of 15,000 volumes to support his wide-ranging interests, which included – among many other things - contemporary art and photography, caricature and cartoons, social justice, economic disparities, consumerism, the history of the workers’ movement, political movements, and the destruction of natural and built environments.  Many of his books, including The Photographer's Eye, highlighted here, reflected his practice as a photographer and filmmaker, and as a writer and teacher of photography and film.  

Most of Sekula's library, shelved in the order in which the books were shelved in his home and studio, can be viewed as a visible archive in the Manton Reading Room.  A smaller part of it, those volumes identified as rare or valuable, is kept in Special Collections.  Even this small selection of books from Special Collections gives a taste of the range and eclecticism of Sekula’s interests.

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Serving the general public as well as visiting scholars and local students and faculty, the Clark library welcomes all visitors to use its reference and research services and to enjoy its collections. An extensive array of electronic resources and reference materials support scholarly research in the field of Art History. Library staff are dedicated to assisting all users to access the library’s wide-ranging and diverse collections.

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New Acquisitions Book of the Week

Goh Beng Kwan:  Cresting the Waves = 吴珉权 : 逐浪前行.  Ilsa Sharp, editor.  Singapore : Goh Beng Kwan, 2019.

Goh Beng Kwan:  Cresting the Waves is the catalogue for a solo exhibition by 1989 Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Beng Kwan.  It features new abstracted landscape watercolour and ink pieces, in addition to earlier oil and acrylic work.  A tribute to the lifetime achievement of one of Singapore's most celebrated career artists, the book presents an extensive catalogue of his works, from the 1950s up to today (2019). It provides convincing evidence that Goh has paved the way for modern artists in Singapore.  Acclaimed for his daring abstract mixed media creations, which layer different mediums such as watercolour, ink and acrylic, paper pulp and batik as well as gold or silver pigments on canvas or rice paper, Goh continues to challenge boundaries in his latest repertoire.

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The library is open without appointment. Hours are:
Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

All are welcome to email the library with reference/research questions.

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The library is closed to the public on the following holidays:
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Extended hours are available to holders of a Clark badge or a Reader's Card.  Reader's cards are given by application. Cards may not be appropriate for all applicants but we will always do our best to meet your research needs.

Mon-Thurs       8 am to 11 pm
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Saturday           9 am to 6 pm
Sunday             9 am to 11 pm

HOLIDAYS

With the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day the library is open during holidays to anyone eligible for extended hours.