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Visual Arts

Find Books and Articles on Contemporary Art

 

These resources have been selected especially for the inclusion of contemporary materials.

Find *Good* Info on the Open Web about Contemporary Artists

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: http://www.gerhard-richter.com/literature/

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Mehretu#References

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: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/jenny-holzer-1307

How do I find out an artist's gallery affiliation?
artnet.com     
This auction site includes basic biographical info, images, and gallery affiliations. Example: http://www.artnet.com/artists/yasumasa-morimura/biography

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: http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/catherine-opie 

Citing: MLA & Chicago Style

For the research paper, Dr. Knight will accept MLA or Chicago Style. 
Find online help or use the print style guides in the library:

Citing Images

Include the following information:

  • Creator's Name (last name first)
  • Title (italicized)
  • Medium
  • Measurements
  • Source (book/ website) which houses the image

Examples: 

Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. 1430-1432, Diptych panel, 18.5 x 12 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Available from: ARTstor, http://www.artstor.org (accessed September 30. 2009).

Caravaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter. Early 15th century. Oil on canvas, 94 x 125.4 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, http://www.metmuseum.org (accessed September 29, 2009).

Alice Neel, Nancy and the Rubber Plant. 1975, Oil on canvas, 203.2 x 91.4 cm. The Estate of Alice Neel. From: Alice Neel. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Plate 64.