On a recent trip to Chicago, I had the pleasure of visiting both the Art Institute of Chicago (for the first time!) and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Having never been to this venerable depository of some of the most esteemed pieces of art and sculpture, I wanted to do some pre-trip research on the Art Institute’s wonderful collection. Their web site was very helpful at highlighting some of their permanent collection’s genuine treasures but I also supplemented my knowledge by browsing our wonderful collection of art books (located on the second floor). We have several titles directly about the Institute’s collection as well as many biographies and critical monographs covering the lives of individual artists and their works. After several hours of wandering the galleries, I returned to the library’s nonfiction shelves with an even greater appreciation for our diverse assortment of art books and have subsequently jumped into several titles about the artists whose work really struck a chord with me. And if we don’t own the book, there’s always a chance that I may be able to have it sent here via our Melcat Services. It’s a win, win!
Gerhard Richter: A Life in Painting