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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:

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: 

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


Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. 1430-1432, Diptych panel, 18.5 x 12 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Available from: ARTstor, (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, (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.