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A Guide to Art Resources

A guide to research in Art.

Books

Art recollection : artists' interviews and statements in the nineties / edited by Gabriele Detterer
Published New York : Distributed in the U.S. by D.A.P., 1999. 2nd ed.

Includes writings by John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Dan Graham, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Rachel Whiteread & others

Modern Arts Criticism: a biographical and critical guide to painters, sculptors, photographers and architects from the beginning of the modern era to the present / edited by Joann Prosyniuk
Published Detroit : Gale Research, 1991. 4 volumes.

M.A.C. includes examples of artist statements from all phases of an artist's career. At the end of each entry a
Further Reading section lists supplemental writings by the artist.


A Short Guide to Writing About Art / Sylvan Barnet
Published New York : Longman, 2003.

Offers several approaches to organizing one's ideas when writing art criticism


Twentieth-century artists on art : an index to writings, statements, and interviews by
artists, architects, and designers
/ Jack S. Robertson
Published New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996. 2nd ed.

An international index to artist writings which covers 5,000 artists

Visual Literacy: Writing about Art

Visual Literacy acquaints readers with the critical issues that shape the discipline of art and teaches them to write about art from a variety of scholarly and rhetorical perspectives. Includes tips on how to approach assignments such as, the formal analysis of a work of art, the contextual analysis of a work of art, and an analysis of an exhibition.


Words Fail Me : what everyone who writes should know about writing / Patricia T. O'Connor
Published New York : Harcourt Brace, c1999.

A very readable guide to the process of writing. Topics include: defining one's subject & audience, getting organized, making revisions, finishing.


World Artists 1950-1980 Editor: Marks, Claude. New York : H.W. Wilson, 1984.
World Artists 1980-1990 Editor: Marks, Claude. New York : H.W. Wilson, 1991.

These two volumes include biographical /critical essays on renowned artists along with excerpts from artist statements.

Writing Formats - Style Manuals

Citing Online Sources according to MLA, Chicago Style, etc.

MLA handbook for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations / Joseph Gibaldi
Published New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009. 7th ed.

The New York Public Library writer's guide to style and usage
Published New York : HarperCollins, c1994, 1st ed.

Articles

"Artists' Statements". 12 Digital Artist's Statements from the 9th New York Digital Salon
Leonardo, Volume 34, Number 5, October 2001, pp. 523-526.

Goodwin, A. "Writing an Artist's Statement" Ceramics Monthly, vol.47 no.5 pp.39-40 May '99

Miller, Joe. "How to Write an Artist's Statement" Art Papers, vol.21 p.35 Sept/Oct 1997

Schreiber, Barbara. "The War of the Words" Art Papers, vol.25 no.2 p.10 March/April 2001

* These last three articles are available in their entirety in Art Full Text. Search "artist's statement" as title words or search by individual authors.

 

DICTIONARIES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, THESAURI

Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus

Provides terminology and other information about the objects, concepts, artists, and places important to various disciplines that specialize in these subjects - Begin with a combined scope note and term search.

Artlex

An online arts dictionary which gives visual examples in addition to textual definitions


Artspeak : a guide to contemporary ideas, movements, and buzzwords, 1945 to the present / Robert Atkins
Published New York : Abbeville Press, 1997. 2nd ed.

More than 115 entries explain the who, what, when, and where of art since 1945. Some entries deal with concepts, such as formalism, multiculturalism, and the picture plane; some discuss specific movements, such as Abstract Expressionism and Fluxus; some describe various ways of making art, such as collage, performance, and video. Together they provide an invaluable key to the specialized, often baffling vocabulary so often used in today's art world.


Encyclopedia of aesthetics
/ Michael Kelly, editor in chief
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1998. 4 volumes.

Surveys the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society--from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory - Featuring 600 original articles, it is a comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts.


Grove Dictionary of Art Online

A comprehensive and authoritative guide with extensive surveys and in-depth articles on the history of art. This online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art provides external image links to museums, galleries, & art
collections around the world.


Merriam-Webster Online Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus



Oxford English Dictionary Online

Each entry includes a pronunciation key, variant spellings, etymology, quotations, & date chart.