The Frick Art Reference Library holds more than 88,000 auction catalogs dating from the seventeenth century to the present. These catalogs are essential for researchers establishing the provenance of an art object. One of the unique holdings of the Frick within this collection is artist atelier auction catalogs. An atelier auction sells the contents of an artist’s studio, usually shortly after his or her death.
Like many bookish kids that came of age in the 80’s and 90’s, I spent a good portion of my adolescence pouring over zines. The exact definition of a “zine” can be hard to pin down, people generally use the old I-know-it-when-I-see it axiom to refer to these generally small and self-published booklets. They tend to embody a “Do It Yourself” ethos; the tools of the trade have historically been scissors and glue sticks and Xerox machines or letter presses. They usually are not produced with a profit motive in mind.