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MAT130: First-Year Seminar - Mathematics of Art
Thoughts on Researching Specific ArtistsThe artists that you're researching and writing about this semester fall into the two basic groups described below. The types of library resources you use for your assignments depend upon the group into which your artist falls. This is not one-size-fits-all research!
1. Artists who are established as important figures in the history of art or who are well known in the world of contemporary art. Their work is studied and written about by scholars of art history in books and scholarly (also called academic) journals, and in the case of modern-day artists (20th and 21st centuries), by critics who write for influential publications such as the New York Times, Artforum, ARTnews, etc.
2. Artists currently working outside of the gallery/museum/critic establishment.
Many are highly self-promotional, showcasing their portfolios and advertising their commercial-art
services on their own web sites. Others may work in academia and show their research-related visual
work on a university web site. If an artist's work appears in public--such as on a sidewalk or the
side of a building, or even at an event--it may attract human-interest coverage in regional
newspapers, so LexisNexis News might be a good place to look for information. The artists in this
category tend to have a popular-culture as opposed to art-historical following; that is, their work
usually is not written about by art scholars and critics.
How to Find Books in the Library Catalog1. Click on the yellow cat icon (lower right) on the library home page.
2. In the words or phrase search box, type in keyword searches like these:
3. Choose a book that looks promising, click on Details, then Full Record, to find out more about the book. After you've located a couple of relevant books, consider using the Subject terms attached to the record to locate similar records.
4. Once you've chosen an artist, repeat the same catalog-searching strategy, substituting the artist's name (i.e., Salvador Dali) for keywords in the words or phrase search box.
Call Number Hints
Art Resources from the Library's "A-to-Z List of Electronic Resources"Article indexes and abstracts: The following article indexes and abstracts allow you to look up an art topic or artist to find out what academic journal articles have been published about that topic or artist. Click on the "A-to-Z" link in the heading above to access these resources.
Useful Non-art "A-to-Z List" or eResourcesArticle indexes and abstracts:
The combined holdings of thousands of libraries in the world:
Research Exercise1. Look up your artist in these two reference resources:
2. Answer these questions:
Evaluating and Citing
Writing about Art
Updated Sept. 2011, L. Kulp