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Resources in Contemporary Art

Grove Dictionary of Art
Call #: Ref. N31. D5 1996
One of the most comprehensive dictionaries on art in the world, Grove is more an encyclopedia than a dictionary. Contains biographies on artists and architects, with a bibliography supplied at the end of each entry. Includes entries on architecture, photography, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, performance art, and multimedia installations. Art periods are also described.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Art
Call #: Ref. N31. E533
Divided into articles of three major categories: historical, dealing with the great cycles of art civilization or more circumscribed phenomena of individual cultures, schools, groups, etc.; conceptual and systematic, studying general problems of art from the viewpoint of theory or methodology, recurring attitudes and phenomena, etc.; and geographic, differentiated from the historical by their documentary nature. Articles include bibliography, some illustrations.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Art
Call #: Ref. N31. L3 2002 v. 4
A history of world art complemented by information on periods, styles, schools, and movements.


The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques
, (5th edition) by Mayer, Ralph.
Call #: Ref. ND1500. M3 1991

Art Terms and Techniques by Mayer, Ralph
Call #: Ref. N33. M37 1992

Contemporary Artists
Call #: Ref. N6490. C6567 2002 v. 1-2

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by Hall, James
Call #. Ref. N7560 .H34 1979

Encyclopedia of Themes and Subjects in Painting by Daniel, Howard
Call #. Ref. ND 1288.D3 1971

Other Reference Books

Modern Arts Criticism
Call #: Ref. N40. M63 v. 1

Women in World History A Biographical Encyclopedia
Call #: Ref. HQ 1115. W6 1999 v. 17

Periodical Articles
EbscoHost: Art Abstracts
Art Abstracts covers 260 international periodicals in the following subject areas: art, art history, archaeology, architecture, city planning, design, film, photography, and museum studies (1984 to present).

Project MUSE
Project MUSE provides online, worldwide, institutional subscription access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics (link from the Stevenson Library Homepage).

Research on the World Wide Web

Instititute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Homepage of the ICA, whose "mission is to develop, affirm, and challenge the public's understanding of contemporary art by providing a forum for innovative art of the present and recent past."

Guggenheim Museum, New York
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington

Museum of Modern Art, New York
The museum's collection includes "more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects

Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1930, the museum "is the leading advocate for twentieth-century and contemporary American art."
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