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ART 242 - Researching Contemporary Artists: Books

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Example searches:

Searching Tips

  • Searching your artist's name as a keyword (ex. "Cindy Sherman") will bring back any mention of his or her name in a title, as author, or in the table of contents or notes.  If the results are too extensive and you want to narrow down just to books focused on them, or their exhibition catalogs, search their name as a Subject search in Advanced Search
  • Remember that the most recent, or less well known artists will not likely have a whole book dedicated to them.  Try browsing for them in anthologies of African American Art or Contemporary Art generally or in a particular medium or look for articles on them.
  • If you click on one of the subject headings links in a record, it will bring up a list of similar subjects that might also be helpful.

Other Catalogs

For more obscure contemporary artist exhibition guides, you will likely have to locate materials outside of Hope's Libraries. 

REMINDER: Order these materials early on in your research.  They can take 1-2 weeks to arrive.