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Art Reproductions Available at the Smithsonian
Information or research assistance regarding the availability of art reproductions is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following information has been prepared by the Office of Visitor Services's Public Inquiry Mail and Telephone Information Service Unit to assist those interested in obtaining art reproductions. Availability of materials and prices are subject to change.
Reproductions of artworks are usually available from the museum or gallery that houses the work in its collections. To determine which facility to write, we suggest you refer to art books in your local library and catalogues of art reproductions sources in galleries or print and framing shops in your area. You may also wish to contact the following:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Black-and-white photographs and color slides of the collections are available for loan or purchase, and transparencies for use in publications may be available for rent. To order, specify the artist's name and the title of the work and write to:
NATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHIVES Historical and contemporary images documenting cultures around the world, including rare glass plate negatives from the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology, may be purchased as archival inkjet prints and high-resolution digital images.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (separately administered). Lists of prints and posters are available free of charge. To order, please contact the following:
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART The museum's Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives has available for purchase photographs and slides of African artworks and historical and contemporary photographs taken in Africa. For information write:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM Photographs and slides of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art's permanent collection may be available for purchase, and transparencies may be available for rent. For information send a message to JoanNMAA@aol.com or write:
Office of the Registrar
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY Photographs, slides, and transparencies of many of the Gallery's portraits are available for purchase. Please submit all requests in writing to:
Office of Rights and Reproductions
THE SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES The Smithsonian Associates has available for purchase limited edition, signed, and numbered artwork created by internationally known artists. Among the artists commissioned since 1973 are Nancy Graves, Willem de Looper, Philip Guston, James Rosenquist, and Jacob Kainen. Poster editions are also available by artists, including Jennifer Bartlett, Fischl, Larry Rivers, and Wayne Thiebaud.. A list of prints and posters is available from:
The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)
SOURCES OF ART REPRODUCTIONS OUTSIDE THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
The following information is provided for your convenience and does not constitute an endorsement by the Smithsonian Institution:
Print Finders, a service that offers to locate desired prints, has a listing of more than 100,000 reproductions and posters. For information, call or write: Print Finders, 955 Massachusetts Avenue, #271, Cambridge, MA 02139, toll-free: 888/997-6783; fax 800/390-5688, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org., http://www.printfinders.com.
The New York Graphics Society may also be helpful in locating sources of other reproductions. The Society's catalogue of prints and posters, while unavailable for sale to private individuals, may be found in many libraries and art galleries. For the address of a location in your area where the catalogue may be examined, call or write: New York Graphics Society Publishing Group, 129 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850-1311; telephone 203/661-2400, FAX 203/846-2105.