The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries cannot evaluate or appraise works of art, however we subscribe to a number of art price indexes and other databases that search auction results. Most of these indexes are available either in the Reading Room in print or accessible from the public terminals in the Reading Room.
Contains over 2 million illustrated fine art auction records from more than 500 major auction houses. The database excludes works that fail to meet certain attribution and price criteria, i.e., single prints, photographs, posters, books, and ceramics with a low estimate below $300.00; artists with a qualified name. e.g. after, attributed to, circle of, school of, studio of, etc.
Types of material covered: Auction activity for houses covered.
Dates covered: Works meeting attribution and price criteria since 1987, with some entries dating back to 1985.
Gordon's & Lawrence's Combined Fine Print Database includes Gordon's Print Price Annual (1986-current year) and Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices (1992-current year). Provides auction activity and dealer catalog prices on old master, modern, and contemporary fine prints; decorative, sporting, botanical, etc. prints; posters; livres d'artiste, books and periodicals with original graphics.
Types of material covered: Auction and dealer activity for houses and dealers covered
6 hours 15 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #tbt Memorial Day parade outside the Art Institute, 1947. Or perhaps they are just celebrating because they heard we were named the number one museum in the world!
9 hours 14 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Sarah Charlesworth: Stills presents the artist’s harrowing series—never before shown in its entirety—of people jumping or falling from buildings. Taking news photographs and enlarging them to life-size proportions, Charlesworth forces the viewer to recognize the humanity of these figures at their most dire moment.