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Contemporary Art: Intro: Start Here

Art Terms & Techniques

Oxford Art Online Database


Elizabeth Murray

A Yellow Cup, 1998. Image courtesy Larry Qualls Archive, ARTstor.

 Research Hints

When researching contemporary art, you will be gathering information from a plethora of materials. For biographical and exhibition information, you should start with our dictionaries and biographies.  Once you know a bit more about your artist, you can retrieve contemporary art criticisms and reviews by using our databases, as outlined under <Articles>.  Well known artists have a catalogue raisonné, which means their entire oevre has been gathered and illustrated in a book.  Sometimes your artist may not have a body of literature written about them, so artist files and web sites may be your only source of information. There are many fantastic web sites, but make sure you use your critical eye and evaluate them thoroughly.  Have fun!  Don't forget to try "One Stop Search" as it is good for gathering together newspaper articles and other resources.  See <Course Guides> for handouts for Art in New Media and Art & Nature seminars.  

Gallery Collections: Reference Books

Reference Help

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Architecture/Fine Arts Library, Room 204 John A. Russell Building.
Mailing: 84 Curry Place, University of Manitoba.

Biographies/Dictionaries Online and in Reference Collection

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists - This resource contains over 5000 biographical entries for Canadian artists.