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Jessi Robinson
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Readings in Contemporary Art II: Art Now

El Siddique, Azza. Begin in smoke, End in ashes Pt. II (detail). 2019. Steel, sandaliya, bukhoor and heat lamps. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Helena Anrather, New York. From: Canadian Art Magazine, (accessed January 29, 2020).



Finding Books & Articles

Omni is your best tool for finding books, articles, and other published resources at Brock and 13 other universities. Learn how to use Omni here.

Select "Advanced Search" and then toggle down the "Resource Type" field to select a specific filter like "Articles" or "Books & eBooks."

Use Interlibrary Loan (RACER) to get resources from other universities.




Search in these online databases for scholarly articles.


Info on the Web about Contemporary Artists

Some tips for when you're looking for information on contemporary artists online:


The Artist's Official Website

Perhaps stating the obvious, but if the artist has an official website, they may have created a section listing publications about their work. Example:


The Artist's Wikipedia Page:

It's always worth checking Wikipedia to see if there is a well-developed page on the artist. Pay special attention to the References section. Example:


Gallery Sites: 

Some artists may be written up on the websites of galleries where their work is shown and/ or major national galleries. See the selective list of museums & galleries below. This info sometimes also includes a bibliography. Example:

How do I find out an artist's gallery affiliation?     This auction site includes basic biographical info, images, and gallery affiliations. Example:

Art21 from PBS:

Award-winning television series on contemporary art. Their website includes webpages on many artists, including brief bios, clips of documentary videos, and artwork imagery. Example: 


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