News & Updates
CELEBRATING TWO MILESTONES
"An invaluable resource. . . ." "A gold mine. . . ." "A lifesaver . . . ."
—Quotes from A&AePortal users
In June 2019, Yale University Press launched formal subscriptions to its innovative new online platform for art and architectural history scholarship. In development for over four years and funded with generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the A&AePortal
(Art & Architecture ePortal) has quickly become a key destination for online research and course use. Featuring content from 17 prestigious publishers
, the site now offers 250 eBooks
in 24 subject areas
, in categories that range from surveys
to artist monographs
to museum catalogue
s to catalogues raisonnés
. The eBooks are a mixture of out-of-print, backlist, and recently released titles and include Josef Albers’s celebrated Interaction of Color
; the 11-volume critically acclaimed series The Image of the Black in Western Art
; Michael Baxandall’s classic Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Explanation of Pictures
; T. J. Clark’s influential Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
; two authoritative volumes on Islamic art and architecture from Yale University Press’s Pelican History of Art; Dell Upton’s compelling What Can and Can't Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South
; and the groundbreaking exhibition catalogues Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today
and Women of Abstract Expressionism
Patricia Fidler, Executive Director of the A&AePortal, said: "The team is delighted to celebrate the platform’s second successful year and to reach its goal of 250 books. Based on the positive response to the site, with usage growing 41% from April 2020 to April 2021, we will continue this exciting and meaningful work, focusing on titles that are most relevant to faculty and students, including more books on women artists, and African American, Latin American, and indigenous art, while also increasing the number of titles in other core areas."
Many users have expressed gratitude for the A&AePortal, especially during the pandemic. One student comments, ". . . the portal's advanced search capabilities and linkage of images between texts allowed me to efficiently proceed with my research without missing a beat."
John Donatich, Director of Yale University Press, indicates, “YUP continues to strive for ways to innovate within our publishing programs, and the A&AePortal is an excellent example of these efforts. The previous year of pandemic lockdown with physical inaccessibility to scholarly resources and library collections has profoundly dramatized the need for alternative research access.”
The A&AePortal is currently open in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.