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Pace Gallery's newly opened research library at 540 West 25th Street, New York

Library & Archives

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Agnes Martin and Arne Glimcher in front of the Airstream trailer enclosed in adobe © Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mission and Scope

Pace’s Library is a non-circulating collection that encompasses over 11,000+ volumes of exhibition catalogues, monographs, catalogues raisonnés, specialized periodicals, artist books, and related publications that help document the gallery’s past and present roster of artists.

At nearly 2,200 linear feet, Pace’s Archive is the single largest concentration of paper documents, electronic records, photographs, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia related to the gallery. The Archive’s mission has been to collect, appraise, organize, describe, preserve, and make available certain permanent records, regardless of format, from its founding in Boston in 1960 to the present. It also serves the scholarly community at large by promoting knowledge and understanding of the origin, programs, and goals of the gallery and its significance within the 20th- and 21st-century art world. Please note that Pace’s Archive is a corporate archive rather than a collecting archive. Although it contains some non-Pace generated materials from outside sources, Pace’s Archive does not collect the personal papers of artists nor the records of artist studios, estates, and foundations.

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Exhibition Catalogue, Jean Dubuffet: Brefs exercices d'ecole journalière, Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York © Pace Gallery

Using the Library and Archives

Pace’s Reading Room is located on the first floor of Pace’s gallery at 540 West 25th Street in New York. The Reading Room is open by appointment only to guest researchers at the graduate or professional level who have a specific research topic that falls within the purview of Pace’s library and archival collections. To protect staff and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the reading room will remain closed to guest researchers until further notice. Access to the library will be controlled entry by four visitors at a time viewing library exhibitions.

To submit a remote reference request to Pace’s Library and Archives, please fill out this form. Please note that requests may require several days for processing as Pace’s Research and Archives Department continues to fully organize and make accessible the gallery’s archival records, much of which is stored offsite.

The Library offers guided tours on Saturdays (11 AM and 3 PM) led by our Gallery Assistants. Tours last approximately 10 minutes and introduce Pace Library's history, holdings, and services. To protect staff and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic, each guide will accommodate a maximum of four visitors. To book a reservation or learn more about the tour, please email info@pacegallery.com or call (212) 421-3292.

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Press Release, The Grid: Format and Image in Twentieth Century Art, December 9, 1978 – January 20, 1979, Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York © Pace Gallery

Permissions and Copyright

All copyright and image licensing requests must be reviewed by Pace’s Research and Archives Department. Please email library@pacegallery.com and allow several days for processing.