Art and the History of Art Research Guide

A note on searching for exhibition catalogs:
Almost all Five College Library catalog records for exhibition catalogs contain the word "exhibitions," either as a subject term, or in the description. To find a catalog focused on a specific artist or topic, perform a keyword search that includes the artist's name (last name is often enough) and/or the topic word or words, and the word exhibition* (using the truncation symbol * will search for both the word exhibition and the subject term exhibitions).

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Web
  • Primary Sources
  • New Titles
Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
    Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
  • Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
    Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (1974 to present)
    Citations to and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art; some entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
  • ARTicles Online ( (date coverage varies)
    Index of art historical articles, compiled by the University Library of Regensburg (Germany).
  • Arts:Search
    Resource for research into the history of modern design and the applied arts.
  • BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (1973 to present)
    Bilingual database on the history of post-classical western art. Also includes RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie) from 1973 to 1989 and RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art) from 1975 to 1989.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (1973 to present)
    Index to articles and books in Asian Studies, including humanities and social sciences.
  • British Periodicals
    Searchable full text of hundreds of British periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th, with high-resolution facsimile page images.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) (1973 to present)
    Covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century.
  • Getty Publications Virtual Library
    Art historical research, exhibition catalogues, journals, and other full-text publications from the Getty Publications Archives.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 to present)
    Covers scholarly literature on western art including traditional visual arts as well as new media, architectural history, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, and classical studies.
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
    Index of resources pertaining to the study of the Middle Ages & Renaissance
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Interdisciplinary reference content and commentary, plus Quranic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Includes Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and other core reference works on Islam.
  • Worldcat Art Libraries (1906 to present)
    Access to Worldcat content, including the articles database of 200 million records, specific to the visual arts. Includes information on which libraries hold the material.
    Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

 For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide, and the Web tab of this guide).
  • Amherst College Digital Collections
    Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.
  • ARTstor
    Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Bridgeman Education
    A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.
  • UbuWeb
    Large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material.
  • Aluka
    Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • Rhizome ArtBase
    An online archive of new media art.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.
Also see the Primary Sources research guide.
  • Aluka
    Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • UbuWeb
    Large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material.
  • MetPublications (1964 to present)
    Full-text access to out-of-print exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, museum guides, and educational materials from the the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • MoMA exhibitions archive online
    Information, images, and digitized catalogs and gallery text from exhibitions dating from the museum's founding in 1929 to the present.

Purado Bijutsukan ten = Obras maestras del Museo del Prado Frost Library; N3450 .P88 2002

Shōsōin ten : dai 68-kai = The 68th annual exhibition of Shōsō-in treasures Frost Library; N3750.N36 A58 2016

Blind visitor experiences at art museums (Hayhoe, Simon, author.) Frost Library; N435 .H39 2017

The global work of art : world's fairs, biennials, and the aesthetics of experience (Jones, Caroline A., author.) Frost Library; N4396 .J66 2016

On collecting Frost Library; N5200 .O53 2017

Palaeoart of the Ice Age (Bednarik, Robert G., author.) Frost Library; N5310 .B43 2017

Artists and artistic production in ancient Greece Frost Library; N5633 .A78 2017

Ponpei no hekigaten Frost Library; N5770 .P54 1997

The Guggenheim : Frank Lloyd Wright's iconoclastic masterpiece (Dal Co, Francesco, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; N620.S63 D348 2017

A companion to Islamic art and architecture Frost Library; N6260 .C66 2017

Delirious : art at the limits of reason, 1950-1980 (Baum, Kelly, author.) Frost Library; N6487.N4 M833 2017

Art Basel : year 47 (International Art Fair (47nd : 2016 : Basel, Switzerland)) Frost Library; N6488.S9 B37 2017

The anti-museum : an anthology Frost Library; N6490

Black post-blackness : the Black Arts Movement and twenty-first-century aesthetics (Crawford, Margo Natalie, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; N6490 .C62 2017

Now-tomorrow-flux : an anthology on the museum of contemporary art Frost Library; N6490 .N69 2017

Konnichi no zōkei "ori" : Amerika to Nihon = Fiber works : Americas and Japan Frost Library; N6494.F47 K655 1977

Minimal Maximal : die Minimal Art und ihr Einfluss auf die internationale Kunst der 90er Jahre Frost Library; N6494.M5 M565 2001

Touch the reality : rethinking keywords of political performance Frost Library; N6497 .T68 2016

Kakuchōsuru bijutsu Frost Library; N6512 .K35 1991

Beauty in the city : the Ashcan school (Slayton, Robert A., author.) Frost Library; N6512.5.E4 S59 2017

Modanizumu Frost Library; N6512.5.M63 M632 2004

Mel Bochner : Voices (Bochner, Mel, 1940-, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.B578 A4 2017

Lee Bontecou (Bontecou, Lee, 1931-, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.B6 A4 2017

Mark Bradford : tomorrow is another day Frost Library; N6537.B6813 A4 2017

Nick Cave : Until Frost Library; N6537.C39 A77 2017

New new testament : Paul Chan Frost Library; N6537.C456 A4 2014

The essential and incomplete Sade for Sade's sake (Chan, Paul, 1973-) Frost Library; N6537.C462 A4 2010

Into words : the selected writings (Dunham, Carroll, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; N6537.D84 A35 2017

Charles Howard : a margin of chaos Frost Library; N6537.H658 A4 2017 x

Joan Jonas is on our mind (Jonas, Joan, 1936-, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.J663 A4 2017

Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg : art, happenings, and cultural politics (Haywood, Robert E., author.) Frost Library; N6537.K27 H39 2017

S as in Samsam (Kwon, Sowon, author, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.K95 A4 2017

Sara Greenberger Rafferty (Rafferty, Sara Greenberger, 1978-, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.R232 A4 2017

Betye Saar : still tickin' (Saar, Betye, author, artist, interviewee.) Frost Library; N6537.S2 A4 2017

Ten huts Frost Library; N6537.S5395 A76 2017

The worlds of Hunt Slonem (Nahas, Dominique.) Frost Library; N6537.S577 N34 2011 x

Deividdo Sumisu = David Smith (Smith, David, 1906-1965.) Frost Library; N6537.S616 A4 1994

Kaari Upson : good thing you are not alone (Upson, Kaari, 1972- artist, interviewee.) Frost Library; N6537.U66 A4 2017

Chicana (Davalos, Karen Mary, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; N6538.H58 D38 2017

Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American art Frost Library; N6538.N5 B44 2017

Teresa Margolles : mundos (Margolles, Teresa, 1963-, artist.) Frost Library; N6559.M367 A4 2017

Gabriel Orozco : Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Frost Library; N6559.O755 A4 2017

Frank Walter, the last universal man, 1926-2009 (Paca, Barbara, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; N6615.A58 W35 2017 x

The Roof Garden Commission : the theater of disappearance Frost Library; N6639.V55 A4 2017

Art systems : Brazil and the 1970s (Shtromberg, Elena, author.) Frost Library; N6655 .S58 2016

Rivane Neuenschwander : um dia como outro qualquer = Rivane Neuenschwander : a day like any other (Neuenschwander, Rivane, 1967-) Frost Library; N6659.N48 A4 2010

Ponpido korekushon ten Frost Library; N6758 .P66 1997

The art of brutalism : rescuing hope from catastrophe in 1950s Britain (Highmore, Ben, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; N6768 .H55 2017

A forgotten Maverick - Marlow Moss (Moss, Marlow, 1890-1958.) Frost Library; N6797.M67 A4 2017

Wīn seikimatsu ten : Kurimuto, Shīre to sono jidai Frost Library; N6808 .W56 1989

Rūvuru Bijutsukan Ten : chūsei Furansu no hihō Frost Library; N6843 .R88 2004

Spectacle and leisure in Paris : Degas to Mucha Frost Library; N6847 .S73 2017

Dyubyuffe (Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985.) Frost Library; N6853.D78 A4 1993b

Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism (Leruth, Michael F., author.) Frost Library; N6853.F62 L47 2017

Rune Rarikku ten (Lalique, René, 1860-1945.) Frost Library; N6853.L26 A4 1992

The stampographer (Sardon, Vincent, 1970- artist, interviewee.) Frost Library; N6853.S27 A4 2017

Toulouse-Lautrec (Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, 1864-1901.) Frost Library; N6853.T6 A4 2000

Deutscher Expressionismus, die "Brücke" aus dem Brücke-Museum Berlin (Brücke-Museum.) Frost Library; N6868.E9 B675 1991

20-seiki saidai no fūshi gaka, Jōji Gurosu (Grosz, George, 1893-1959.) Frost Library; N6888.G742 A4 2000

Käthe Kollwitz : die Liebe, der Krieg und die Kunst : eine Biographie (Schymura, Yvonne, author.) Frost Library; N6888.K62 S395 2016

Vundārihhi ten = Paul Wunderlich (Wunderlich, Paul, 1927-2010.) Frost Library; N6888.W83 A4 1980

Depero futurista. (Depero, Fortunato, 1892-1960, creator.) Frost Library; N6923.D44 A4 2017 xx

De Stijl in the Netherlands (Groenendijk, Paul, author, editor.) Frost Library; N6948.5.D42 G76 2017

Aperu Ten (Appel, Karel, 1921-2006.) Frost Library; N6953.A66 A4 1989

Revoliutsiia! demonstratsiia! : Soviet art put to the test Frost Library; N6988 .R45 2017 x

Russian modernism : cross-currents of German and Russian art, 1907-1917 Frost Library; N6988.5.M64 R87 2015

Moscow vanguard art : 1922-1992 (Tupitsyn, Margarita, author.) Frost Library; N6997.M7 T87 2017

Shagāru no Shagāru ten Frost Library; N6999.C46 A4 1989

Real deceptions : the contemporary reinvention of realism (Friedlander, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; N70 .F755 2017

We can't stop thinking about the future Frost Library; N7093.M57 A4 2017

The world of Salvador Dali and the 20 great masters of the 20th century (Morohashi Kindai Bijutsukan) Frost Library; N7113.D3 A4 2000

Kurisuto Za anburerazu (Christo, 1935-) Frost Library; N7193.C5 A4 1988

I can't work like this : a reader on recent boycotts and contemporary art Frost Library; N72.A77 I23 2017

Being public : how art creates the public Frost Library; N72.S6 B45 2017

The post-industrial landscape as site for creative practice : material memory Frost Library; N72.S6 P677 2017

Two suns in a sunset (Hadjithomas, Joana, 1969-) Frost Library; N7276.8.H34 A4 2016

Umi no Shiruku Rōdo, "Kodai Shiria Bunmeiten" = The exhibition of great civlization of Syria. Frost Library; N7289.6 .U45 1988

Apparatus of power (Sikander, Shahzia, 1969-, artist.) Frost Library; N7310.73.S5 A4 2016

Danh Vo : wad al-hayara (Vo, Danh, 1975-, artist.) Frost Library; N7314.3.V6 A4 2016

Feminisms and contemporary art in Indonesia : defining experiences (Dirgantoro, Wulan, author.) Frost Library; N7326 .D57 2017

A history of Chinese art Frost Library; N7340 .Z46513 2016

Chen Zhen (Chen, Zhen, 1955-2000 artist. 陈箴, 1955-2000, artist.) Frost Library; N7349.C46 A4 2015

Zhi Lin Frost Library; N7349.L525 A4 2017

Yayoi Kusama : from here to infinity (Suzuki, Sarah, author.) Frost Library; N7359.K87 S89 2017

Takashi Murakami : the octopus eats its own leg (Murakami, Takashi, 1962-, artist.) Frost Library; N7359.M87 A4 2017 x

Jiro Takamatsu. Frost Library; N7359.T3488 A4 2016

Shirarezaru Nishi Afurika no bijutsu = Power, wealth and art in West Africa Frost Library; N7398 .S55 2003

Art world city : the creative economy of artists and urban life in Dakar (Grabski, Joanna, author.) Frost Library; N7399.S42 D354 2017

California classics (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.) Frost Library; N740.5 .A67 1999

The Sketchbook Project World Tour (Peterman, Steven (Steven Eric), author.) Frost Library; N7433.3 .P48 2015

A guide to fossils : for forgers and foreigners (Barrada, Yto, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; N7433.4.B366 G8 2016

A guide to trees : for governors and gardeners (Barrada, Yto, 1971-, author, photographer.) Frost Library; N7433.4.B366 G82 2016

Earth clock (Burrell, Ginger R., artist.) Archives and Special Collections; N7433.4.B8658 E37 2017 xx

Giftschrank. (Burrell, Ginger R., author, book artist.) Archives and Special Collections; N7433.4.B8658 G54 2017

The (Cummins, Maureen, book artist.) Archives and Special Collections; N7433.4.C86 T54 2017 xx

The artists' prison (Grant, Alexandra.) Frost Library; N7433.4.G73 A7 2017

Para tomar medidas micropoéticas (Ajo, author.) Archives and Special Collections; N7433.4.P463 P37 2011

43 : cuarenta y tres (Velázquez, Lorena (Artist), book artist, photographer.) Archives and Special Collections; N7433.4.V45 C92 2015 x

A child of books (Jeffers, Oliver, author.) Archives and Special Collections; N7433.4.W567 C45 2016 xx

Exhibitionist : writing about art in a daily newspaper (Dorment, Richard, author.) Frost Library; N7445.2 .D67 2016