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Architecture: Art Theory/Documents

Subject Guide

Searching tips!

  • When searching for materials on art theory, use art together with the following keywords: theory, aesthetics, philosophy, criticism.  For contemporary art use art modern 21st century.  When researching art history as a discipline, use the subject heading: art historiography.
  • Documents of Contemporary Art Series published jointly by MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery covers themes such as systems, abstraction, memory, the sublime, failure, ethics, materiality and many more.
  • ARTS 4012: Senior Studio Seminar: Art & Critical Theory by Amy Fry is an excellent subject guide for more information. Check out boxes "Critical Theory" and "Keyword and Cheatsheets."

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Intro to art theory

Art in Theory Collection

Contemporary Art Theory

Art Historiography

Sources and Documents