The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, has received the fifteen-thousand-volume personal library of Allan Sekula. The library was donated to the institute by the late artist's wife, art historian and professor, Sally Stein. Established in 1962, the Clark Art Institute Library now contains over 270,000 non-circulating publications focusing on post-medieval European and American art.
Olivier Meslay, the Felda and Dena Hardymon director of the Clark, said of the acquisition: “It is a rare and distinct privilege to receive the library of an artist and thinker that is so rich and varied. The totality of his personal library gives us insight into the diverse intellectual interests of Allan Sekula, while the individual titles add an important new resource to strengthen our library’s collection...We are deeply indebted to Sally Stein for her generous gift and know that these books will fuel further inspiration in future generations of art historians, students, and scholars.”