The lives of artists make for intriguing fodder—just ask the art historians who study them and their every individual paint stroke. The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art is perfect for fans who want to tap into this deeper understanding, offering an unparalleled look at the papers and primary records of visual arts in America, such as flyers, photographs and letters, among other things. Luckily for us, we can experience Frida Kahlo’s letters to Diego Rivera, or the contract between Betty Parsons and Peggy Guggenheim regarding representation of Jackson Pollock right here on Pinterest. Despite having such a prolific archive of documents and photographs, with boards such as “Facial Hair of Note” and “Dog Days” it’s evident that they aren’t taking themselves too seriously either.
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