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Books About Artists in CONSULS

Finding books devoted to one particular artist. Try a "Keyword" or "Subject" search to find books about a particular artist. For criticisms about an artist's work, use a "Subject" search with the artist's last name, first name and select criticism and interpretation.

Notice the location, call number and availablity. If the item is located at the other CSU libraries, you can "request" it online and we will have it for you in a few days.

See the links below for examples of Alexander Calder and Piet Mondrian books and interpretations of their work:

Library of Congress Call Numbers - Browsing Our Shelves

Most art materials have call numbers that begin with "N".  The N section is divided by medium:

  • N - Visual Arts
  • NA - Architecture
  • NB - Sculpture
  • NC - Drawing, Design, Illustrations
  • ND - Painting
  • NE - Print Media
  • NK - Decorative Arts
  • NX - Arts in General

Click on any of the subclasses of Visual Arts in the below link for more defined subjects. You can then browse the 3rd Floor to find specific books. Example: Click on Subclass NE for Print Media and find exactly where to look in the stacks for books about Lithography: NE2250-2570 Lithography

 

More In-depth Research

  • art libraries.net
    Bibliographic records of more than 12 million U.S. and European artist's including records for articles in periodicals, conference papers, exhibition catalogues and exhibition books, etc., and an increasing percentage of records for archival and photographic materials as well as for online resources.
  • WorldCat Database
    A catalog of records to books and other library materials worldwide.
 

Exhibition Catalogs in CONSULS

The best way to find exhibition catalogs that are held in either the Smith Library or the other CSU libraries is to do a "Keyword" search. Type in the words exhibitions (or exhibtion*) catalog. (Click on the title of each record to determine if it is a catalog of an exhibition).

Notice the location, call number and availablity. If the item is located at the other CSU libraries, you can "request" it online and we will have it for you in a few days.

For exhibition catalogs about a particular artist, do a "Keyword" search and type catalog* and the artist's name.

Finding Books About Themes in Art in CONSULS

If looking for a particular theme or motif in works of art, do a "Subject" search in our library catalog. Type in the name of your theme along with the phrase in art. See examples below. (Some how-to books might also be included in the search)

Finding Articles about Artists

Here are just a few of our databases to use to look up articles. Just type in the artists name. You can also use the term artist or sculpture, etc. For very new or relatively unknown artists, you may need to find their official website to learn about them.

Academic Search Premier

JSTOR

National Newspapers Premier

Oxford Art Online - Good for artist biographies

 

      
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