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Scholarly books can also be excellent sources for establishing historical and cultural issues, locating background information, or placing your topic in context with related issues.
Primo is a good starting point for finding books, articles, and other sources available through Collins Library and 39 Summit libraries.
Copy and paste the suggested search terms to find sources:
- "Art American 20th Century"
- "Art Modern 20th Century"
- Art European 20th Century"
- Search the artist's name and the phrase "criticism and interpretation" to find analytical sources.
Call Numbers to Browse
If you're interested in a broad art topic, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters. The Ns are located on the third floor
, while CC is on the lower level
and TR is on the fourth floor
- N: Visual Arts
- NA: Architecture
- NB: Sculpture
- NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration
- ND: Painting
- NE: Print media
- NK: Decorative Arts
- NX: Arts in general
- CC: Archaeology
- TR: Photography
Locations of books
are located in the Library lobby on the main floor
and are in call number order.
- Print Reference books are on the main floor across from the Learning Commons area.
- Oversize books are on the lower level across from Technology Services.
Consult the library map
; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!
Call Number Location Chart
There are two types of catalogs found in Primo: exhibition catalogs and catalogues raisonnees.
Exhibition Catalogs Uses:
- Introductory essays may provide current thinking and new discoveries on the topic
- Excellent source for images and a bibliography of sources
- May include artist biography and timeline
Catalogues Raisionnes Uses:
- Critical assessment
- Scholarly essays
Suggested search terms for finding catalogs in Primo:
- "Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions"
- "catalogues raisonnes"
Search tip for finding artists in group exhibition catalogs:
Contemporary Artists Index
Developed by the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Contemporary Artists Index indexes approximately 20,000 artists, artists groups, photographers, craftspeople, designers, and design firms whose work appears in group exhibition catalogs since 1991.
Below are a few examples of catalogs from the library collection.
Kara Walker by
Call Number: Print Books NX512.W36 A4 2003
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
This book, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and the Williams College Museum of Art, presents a comprehensive overview of Walker's work, beginning with her first cut-paper wall installation, Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart(1994).
Andy Warhol Prints by
Call Number: Print Books NE539.W35 A4 2003
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
This thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition of Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1987 traces Warhol's complete graphic oeuvre from his first unique works on paper in 1962 through his final published portfolio in 1987.
The 20th Century at the Courtauld Institute Gallery by
Call Number: Print Books N6488.G7 L632 2002
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
As a result of generous loans of over one hundred outstanding works of art, the Courtauld Gallery has been able to extend its collection further into the twentieth century. In 2002, for the first time the Gallery was able to show historically coherent groups of works representing key developments in the art history of the early 20th century.
Examples of Books on 20th Century Art
New Media in the Late 20th-Century Art by
Call Number: Print Books N6494.M78 R88 1999
Publication Date: 1999
Modern art has radically extended the conventional medium of sculpture and painting. Following on innovative ideas about representation and the free use of materials in Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism - particularly in the work of Duchamp - artists abandoned strict adherence to traditional hierarchies of mediums and embraced any means, including technological, which best served their purposes.
Call Number: Print Books N6494.E27 B64 2002
Publication Date: 2003-01-21
Suzaan Boettger offers the first comprehensive history of the Earthworks movement in the United States, providing a fascinating and in-depth analysis of the monumental forms that initiated the broader genre of Land Art. Examining the art, the artists, their dealers and proponents, Boettger interprets Earthworks as a manifestation both of artists' personal stories and of the late 1960s social and political tumult.
Dada and Surrealism by
Call Number: Print Books NX456.5.D3 G35 1997
Publication Date: 1997
This stimulating introductory survey traces the origins and development of these two roughly parallel revolutionary twentieth-century art movements, exploring the full range of artistic production, including film, photography, collage, painting, graphics and object making.
Iridescent Light by
Call Number: Pacific Northwest Room N6530.W2 A43 2002
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
In and around Seattle in the 1930s and 1940s, there emerged a group of artists who came to be known informally as the Northwest School. With no manifesto and no sense of group identity, they had little in common beyond poverty and the drive to make art in a way that was true to their inner being and their environment.
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