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Contemporary Art: Books

Finding Books in the Lee Library & in Other Libraries

About Art Books and Exhibition Catalogs

To find books and exhibition catalogs, search by artist's name, style, time period, nationality, museum, or keywords. Art books are cataloged according to:

MEDIUM  |  ex: painting, sculpture, installations (art), video art

NATIONALITY  |  ex: sculpture, British; installations (art), Japanese

GENRE  |  Ex: Earthworks (art)

TIME PERIOD (century)  |  Ex: Art, modern--21st century

STYLE/MOVEMENT  |  Ex: modernism (art); symbolism

Exhibition Catalogs are found by name of the artist, subject of the exhibition, and the keyword "exhibitions."  Ex.: k= Eliasson AND exhibitions

Museum Catalogs are catalogs of the permanent collection of a museum, cataloged by the name of the museum and the keyword "catalogs."  Ex.: k= Whitney Museum AND catalogs

Catalogues raisonnés are complete compilations of an artist's body of works, usually containing images and provenance of all works. Search the phrase "catalogues raisonnés" and the artist's name. Ex.: John Baldessari AND catalogues raisonnés

Browsing Call Numbers

level 5  |  FLOOR MAP

N     visual arts in general
NA  architecture
NB  sculpture
NC  drawing, design, illustration
ND  painting
NE  prints
NK  design, decorative arts
NX  visual and performing arts
TR  photography
TS  industrial design (level 2)

Z 40-286  typography


Guides to Writing About Art


* Williams. How to Write About Contemporary Art. HumRef N 7476 .W544x 2014

‚ÄčBarnet. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. HumRef N 7476 .B37 2015

Sayre. Writing About Art. HumRef N 7476 .S29 2009