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Modern Art - VMS 202: Getting Started

Beginnings - Reference Sources

Scholarly Encyclopedias

Oxford Art Online
- Core art databases, searchable uniformly or individually, produced by Oxford University Press. 

Oxford Reference Online (includes photography)
~ Reference books migrated to electronic form that include art and photography sources not searched above. 

Encyclopedia of world art.  18 vols.  New York, McGraw-Hill [1959-c1987]  Lilly Library Reference N31 .E4833 1959 


Pelican History of Art 
~  one of the long-established English-language surveys of art history.  Great for "further readings" or an overview to supplement notes or background information.

Clegg, Elizabeth.   Art, design, and architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1920 / Elizabeth Clegg.  New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.   Lilly Library Reference N5300 .P456 v.12  

Green, Christopher.  Art in France, 1900-1940 / Christopher Green.  New Haven  : Yale University Press, c2000.   Lilly Library Reference | N5300 .P456 v.11  


Specialized Reference


Contemporary artists.   New York ; St. Martins Press ; London : St. James Press.  Lilly Library Reference N6490 .C6567
~ recent artists lives and careers distilled into individual entries.  Includes gallery exhibitions and selected articles.

Dictionary of artists / Benezit.  14 vols.  Paris : Gründ, 2006.  Lilly Library Reference N40 .D5213 2006 


Gordon, Donald E.   Modern art exhibitions: 1900-1916; selected catalogue documentation [by] Donald E. Gordon.   München, Prestel, 1974.   Lilly Library Reference  N6490 .G62 1974   

Artists' Quotations/Statements/Manifesti

Twentieth-century artists on art : an index to writings, statements, and interviews by artists, architects, and designers... by  Robertson, Jack. New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996.  Lilly Reference NX456 .R59 1996 c.1


Modern arts criticism.  Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1991-    Lilly Library Reference 709.22 M689, A792x In process-LC  


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