Tate Archive contains a wealth of material on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain from 1900 to the present day.
Over one million items that relate closely to Tate’s collection are held, including artworks, sketchbooks, letters, writings, audio-visual material, photographs, printed ephemera and press cuttings.
Archive material is often shown in the Tate galleries, as part of special exhibitions and alongside collection displays.
The library of artists’ books in the Tate Library collection number around 5,500 and date from the 1960s to the present day. The collection is international in scope with an emphasis on British artists. These books were primarily conceived by artists and made in multiple editions.
Collections & Archives:
The archive´s major collections include the papers of the artists Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson, and John Piper, the critics Kenneth Clark and Barbara Reise, the Goupil and Hanover commercial galleries, the Art Fund and Contemporary Arts Society funding bodies, exhibiting bodies such as the New English Art Club and the London Group, and the Fluxus collective and the Bloomsbury Group. Tate Archive also holds collections of audio-visual material, artist-designed posters and 100,000 photographs of artists and their studios.The library of artists’ books number around 5,500 and date from the 1960s to the present day. Auction catalogues.
Tate Library holds auction catalogues from the major UK auction houses and their overseas operations from the 1960s onwards, plus selective collections from British provincial and foreign auctioneers and dealers. Documentary audio and video recording (both published and unpublished) including recordings of many Tate events and interviews with artists. Important documentary collections on microfilm and microfiche of exhibition and auction catalogues, periodical runs and image collections. Around half a million press cuttings, culled mainly from British newspapers, weeklies and magazines from the 1960s onward, on individual artists and selective subjects. Private view invitations, artists’ CVs, flyers, small posters, and other ephemera.
Tate Library and Archive
London SW1P 4RG
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