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ART 211 - 20th Century Art: Articles & Books

Taught by Shannon Flaherty


  • "Art & Architecture",  "America History & Life", and "Academic Complete", are all EBSCO databases.
    By using the "Select Databases" feature you can search all of them at once.

Books and Media

Tips for research individual artists --

Search the catalog using the artists name as a subject. To get the correct subject, try a keyword search for the artist and then find a title with the correct subject.

Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956.


Special Books about Art

Catalogues Raisonnés
"All the works of an artist".  A documented collection of every work of  an artist's career.  Each work is pictured, with scholarly opinions, provenance, bibliography. A great first place to begin research, but not all artists have catalogues raisonnés.
Krasner, Lee, -- 1908-1984 -- Catalogues raisonnés.

Like a catalogue raisonné, only for a single kind of object.  Famous corpora are written for pottery, stain glass windows (Corpus Vitrirarum) and Florentine altarpieces (Offner).
The Image of the Black in Western Art

Permanent Holdings Catalogs (of museums)
Detailed catalogs of a period or genre of art in a particular museum.  Like a catalogue raisonné, it will contain a collection of scholar's opinion on an object, conservation reports, provenance and literature (written about it).  If you know of the location of a work of art, check for permanent holdings catalogs.
African American masters : highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Adapted from information created by Duke University Art Librarian Lee Sorenson.

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