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Modernism and its markets: Primary sources

Resources for studying modernism and its markets, from the late nineteenth century to the present

Primary sources in book form


Many pieces from key modernist journals have been translated and anthologised in book form.  Some examples appear in the column to the left.

Other journals have been digitised for free online viewing:


Avant-garde and Modernist Magazines
Comprehensive guide to finding these magazines online, from the website Monoskop.


Blue Mountain Project 


Not just modernism: Gallica is a very large collection of books and other material uploaded by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Almost all material is in French. However you can search for material in a specific language, and the website itself can be viewed in several different languages.)


Modernist Journals Project


May be less reliable in the information it provides, e.g. in the citations for articles,  but is nevertheless 
worth investigating.


Exhibition catalogues

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum exhibition catalogues: focussed on Jewish and immigrant artists in Britain from 1900 onwards.


Guggenheim Publications
Online catalogues and other publications from the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum.


MoMA exhibition catalogues
Database of
catalogues and other exhibition documentation from MoMA.


Whitney Biennial
All catalogues up to 1985 online


For contemporary press coverage of exhibitions and sales, see the guide to finding historic newspapers.