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Artist's Lifes & Works

Selected Resources


December 2008
(251) 460-7025

This is a list of selected resources only and there are many others available in the Library.  Please email the Reference Department at webref@jaguar1.usouthal.edu or call 460-7025 for help.


JSTOR.53 journal titles with full text articles (Choose Disciplines – Art & Art History)
Periodicals Archive Online. 62 full text journals in Applied Arts, Archaeology, Architecture, and Fine Arts
Project Muse. Full text access to over 300 journal titles.
ARTstor  a digital library of nearly one million images.  Click on GO to enter ARTstor –
type in your search at the keyword field or click on Advanced search and  search for your artist as Creator.
Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. 122 peer reviewed journal titles with full text access.
Wiley InterScience  Provides access to full text journal articles and online book chapters.
Browse by Subject Area – Humanities and Social Sciences.  Browse by Category – Art and Applied Arts
Biography Reference Bank. Full text biographies from Current Biography.
Biography and GenealogyMaster Index. Gale. No full text – provides citations to biographical sources.
Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations.  No full text – provides citations to published dissertations.
ArticleFirst.   FirstSearch. Index for journal articles from 1990 to present.
WorldCat.   FirstSearch. An online catalog of books and materials worldwide.
Print indexes (citations, but no full text):

Art Index.
Ref. Z 5937 .A78 (1929 – 1999)
Bibliography of  the History of Art BHA. Ref. B 7510 .B53 (Vols 1-6, 1991 – 1996)
Repertoire International de la Litterature de l’Art: RILA. Ref. N 7510 .R16 (Vols. 1-15, 1975 - 1989)

Below is a list of some full-text journals.  This is not an exhaustive list; please consult a reference librarian for help in locating additional material.  From SOUTHcat Plus click on ‘Our Journal List’.   At the Browse Journals by Subject  field, select ‘Art, Architecture & Applied Arts ’ to view a list of matching  journal titles.

American Artist                 Art in America         Burlington Magazine        Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Art Bulletin                       Art Journal              Callahoo                           Woman’s Art Journal

General Sources

Art Books:  a Basic Bibliography of Monographs on Artists. Ref. N 40 .F73 1997
Biographical Dictionary of Artists.  Ref. N 40 .B53 1995
Dictionary of Art. 34 Vols.  (In Index 34 search by artist(s) last name)  Ref. N 31 .D5 1996
Dictionary of Painters and Engravers. Ref. N 40 .B9
Encyclopedia of Painting:  Painters and Painting of the World… Bookstacks ND 30 .E5
Encyclopedia of Sculpture.   Ref. NB 198 .E53 2004
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Ref. TR 642 .E5 2006
Encyclopedia of World Art.  17 Vols (In Index 15 search by artist(s) last name) Ref. N 31 .E 4833 
Illustrators of Children’s Books, 1744-1945. Ref. NC 965 .M59 1947 / 1946-1956- Ref. NC 965 .M59 Suppl.
1958 / 1957-1966 – Ref. Ref. NC 965 .K45 1978 / 1967-1976 – Ref. NC 965 .I44 1978.
International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Ref. N 7425 .I67 1990
Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists. Bookstacks N 33 .T4 1985

Biographical Indexes

Index to Artistic Biography.  Ref. N 40 .H38 1978 and Suppl. 1981
Index of Artists, International-Biographical:  Including Painters, Sculptors, ….  Ref. N 40 .M3 and Suppl.
Folk Artists Biographical Index.  Ref. NK 805 .F63 1987

Contemporary Artists

Contemporary Artists. Ref. N 6490 .C6567
Contemporary Designers. Ref. NK 1390 .C655 1997
Contemporary Photographers. Ref. TR 139 .C664 1995
Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art. Bookstacks N 6490 .C5317 1999
Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Art. Ref. N 6490 .O94 1988
Who’s Who in Art. Ref. N 40 .W6
World Artists, 1950-1980… Ref N 6489 .M37 1984
World Artists 1980-1990. Ref. 6489 .W67 1991

North American Artists

African Americans in the Visual Arts. Bookstacks N 6538 .N5 O86 2003
American Artists:  an Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Americans. Ref. N 6512 .A578 1985
American Photographers. Ref. TR 139 .K73 1989
Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers. Ref. N6536 .F5 1986
Dictionary of Contemporary Artists. Ref. N 6536 .C8 1994
New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564-1860. Ref. / Bookstacks N 6536 .N4 1957
St. James Guide to Black Artists. Ref. N 40 .S78 1997
250 Years of Afro-American Art: an Annotated Bibliography. Ref. Z 5956 .A47 I38 1981
Who was Who in American Art, 1564-1975:  400 Years of Artists in America. Ref. N 6536 .W56 1999
Who’s Who in American Art. Ref. N 6536 .W5 (1978; 1980; 1982-1997/98

Women Artists

Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850. Ref. N 6757 .D86 1990
Dictionary of Women Artists. Ref. N 8354 .D53 1997
Dictionary of Women Artistsan International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1990.
Ref. N 43 .P471985
North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century:  a Biographical Dictionary. Ref. N 6503 .N67 1995
Women Artists:  1550-1950. Bookstacks N 6350 .H35 1976
Women Artists in the United States:  A Selective Bibliography and Resource Guide on the Fine and Decorative
Arts. 1750-1986. Ref. Z 7963 .A75 W65 1990.
Women in the Fine Arts:  a Bibliography and Illustration Guide. Ref. N 8354 .A 52 1

World Artists

Contemporary British Artists / with Photographs. Ref. N 6768 .C63 1979
Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940… Ref. N 6767 .J63 1976
Dictionary of Japanese Artists:  Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints. Ref N 7358 .R6 1976
Dictionary of Russian & Soviet Artists, 1420-1970. Ref. ND 681 .M55 1993
Latin American and Caribbean Artists of the Modern Era… Ref. N 6502.4 .S45 2003
Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century … Ref. N 7112 .S67 1993

Artists’ Statements

Artists on Art, from the XIV to the XX Century.  Bookstacks N 79 .G57 1945
American Artists on Art from 1940 to 1980. Bookstacks N 6512 .A586 1982
Letters of the Great Artists. Bookstacks N 40 .F8 1963 Vols. 1-2
Lives and Works, Talks with Women Artists. Bookstacks N 6512 .M518 1981
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art;  a Sourcebook of Artists’ Writing. Bookstacks N 6490 .T492 1996
Twentieth-Century Artists on Art:  an Index to Artists’ Writings, Statements, and Interviews. Ref. NX 456 .R59
Witness in Our Time:  Working Lives of Documentary Photographers. Bookstacks TR 139 .L54 2000

Artists’ Marks

Classified Directory of Artists Signatures, Symbols & Monograms. Ref. N 45 .C36 1976b
Dictionary of Marks:  Ceramics, Metalwork, Furniture,… Ref. NK 7210 .M25 1968
Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks. Ref. NK 4085 .G63 1964
Handbook of Pottery and Porcelain Marks. Ref. NK 4215 .C8 1980

To Locate Additional Materials on USA’s SOUTHcat Catalog:

Subject Searches Keyword Searches
Search for the artists’ names as SUBJECT Warhol biography
Chihuly, Dale
Picasso bibliography
O’Keeffe, Georgia
Dada and artist?
  Painter? biography
Artists—biography biography sculpture?
women artists graphic designers

Use Subject searches to locate material about the art period/movement your artist is associated with

Cubism Harlem Renaissance
Dadaism Hudson River School
Der Blaue Reiter Impressionism
Expressionism Pop Art
Fauvism Surrealism

Internet Resources

America’s Distinguished Artists: http://www.tfaoi.com/distingu/alvarez.html
Artcyclopedia: http://www.artcyclopedia.com
Art History Resources on the Web: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html
Art/ART: http://www.askart.com/AskART/index.aspx
ARTLEX: http://www.artlex.com
Art on the Net: http://www.art.net/Welcome.html
Artsource: http://www.ilpi.com/arsource/welcome.html
Getty Union List of Artist Names Online: http://getty.edu/vow/ULANSearchPage.jsp
Louvre.  http://www.Louvre.fr/louvrea.htm
Modern & Contemproary Artists: http://www.the-artists.org
National Gallery of Art: http://www.nga.gov
Web Gallery of Art – Artists: http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/art/index.html
World Wide Arts Resources: http://www.wwar.com


For additional Web Sites go to the University Library’s homepage – Topic Guides – Art


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