200 Free Art Ebooks at Your Fingertips

Let's be honest. Art books are expensive. We all dream of having a collection of amazing art books, our own personal library of art we love. But it can be hard because art books can skyrocket into several hundred dollars per book. Maybe you could eat that book if you have to, for that price one hopes so. 

So with that in mind any free resource for inspiration, education, and reference is an awesome thing. That's why we were so excited about the fact that you can currently access over 200 art books brought to you by New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The books can be found at the internet archive, and are able for download in PDF and ePUB format. That means you can take these books to go!

Some cool titles we recommend:

  • In/sight : African photographers, 1940 to the present

This amazing book covers African photographers from 1940 to the present. The photos are amazing, and show such a range of deep culture and vibrant life. Large prints and playful garments lend way to photographs which capture the elegance and poise of people photographed. Great for photographers working in black and white and fashion. 


A Study on Black and White Avant Garde

In/sight : African photographers, 1940 to the present

  • Rrose is a rrose is a rrose : gender performance in photography

This book is a great resource for artists working in areas exploring gender, sexuality, queer culture, and so much more. Great resource for art history buffs too! Portrait photographers especially should check this out. Full of really touching, intimate portraits. 


Portraiture + gender performance

An exploration of exploration, great resource

Check out other amazing titles available for free. Get inspired! Check back weekly for more artist resources.