The New York Public Library’s centennial celebrations continue with A Century of Art. Featuring works of art dating from 1911 through 2010, the exhibition offers a rare look back at the Library’s first one hundred years, surveying its own rich holdings while highlighting both prominent and lesser-known artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries whose works might not otherwise be displayed together. A Century of Art includes work by Diane Arbus, Tina Barney, Sol Lewitt, Dieter Roth, Yayoi Kusama, Jasper Johns, Thomas Struth, Hugo Wilson, and Bing Wright.
Untitled lithograph from the portfolio Black Holes by Ryan McGinness. 2006. NYPL, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Print Collection. © Ryan McGinness. Courtesy of Edition Copenhagen.
The exhibition is drawn almost entirely from the collections of The Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, established in 1987 thanks to a gift from the Wallach family. The Wallach Division unites what had formerly been three separate departments under a single banner. Its holdings comprise works of art as well as reference materials on painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography and the history of architecture from prehistoric times to the present. The Wallach Division also serves as the access point to the Spencer Collection of bindings and illustrated books, which is represented by several items in the exhibition. Together, these collections include more than one million works of art in various mediums and formats. The quality, depth and scope of these holdings have earned the Wallach Division an international reputation among a broad variety of scholars and lovers of art.