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 one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)


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.

1100-1600 Frost Library; N2460 .A6 2015

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

The 68th Annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures. Frost Library; N3750.N36 A522 2016

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

The dream colony : a life in art (Hopps, Walter, author, interviewee.) Frost Library; N406.H67 A3 2017

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

The art of contact : comparative approaches to Greek and Phoenician art (Martin, S. Rebecca, author.) Frost Library; N5630 .M28 2017

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

Ponpei no hekigaten Frost Library; N5770 .P54 1997

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

Geijutsuka to no taiwa Frost Library; N6488.5.L36 G45 1998

Gendai bijutsu no shinwa Frost Library; N6488.5.S62 G46 1990

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

Cobra : the history of a European avant-garde movement, 1948-1951 (Stokvis, Willemijn, author.) Frost Library; N6494.C5 S8413 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

The recording machine : art and fact during the Cold War (Shannon, Joshua, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; N6494.R4 S53 2017

Abstraction in reverse : the reconfigured spectator in mid-twentieth-century Latin American art (Alberro, Alexander, author.) Frost Library; N6502.57.C65 A43 2017

American art of the 20th-21st centuries (Doss, Erika, 1956- author.) Frost Library; N6512 .D598 2017

Kakuchōsuru bijutsu Frost Library; N6512 .K35 1991

Modanizumu Frost Library; N6512.5.M63 M632 2004

Suchuwāto Divisu ten : jazu o aishi, Nyū Yōku o ikita = Stuart Davis : retrospective 1995 (Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964.) Frost Library; N6537.D345 A4 1995

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

Jasper Johns : catalogue raisonné of painting and sculpture (Bernstein, Roberta, author.) Frost Library; N6537.J6 A4 2017 x

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

Nina Katchadourian : curiouser Frost Library; N6537.K297 A4 2017

Mike Kelley (Kelley, Mike, 1954-2012, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.K376 A68 2017 x

Yes Ono Yōko ten = yes Yoko Ono Frost Library; N6537.O56 A4 2003

Sarah Oppenheimer : S-337473 Frost Library; N6537.O67 A4 2017

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

Becky Suss. (Suss, Becky, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.S94 A4 2016

Art for an undivided earth : the American Indian Movement generation (Horton, Jessica L., author.) Frost Library; N6538.A4 H678 2017

The heart of the Mission : Latino art and politics in San Francisco (Cordova, Cary, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; N6538.H58 C67 2017

Instill & inspire : the John & Vivian Hewitt collection of African-American art (Stanislaus, Grace C., author.) Frost Library; N6538.N5 I575 2017

South of Pico : African American artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s (Jones, Kellie, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; N6538.N5 J668 2017

Semantics of aesthetic judgements Frost Library; N66 .S46 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

About to happen (Vicuña, Cecilia, artist, translator.) Frost Library; N6669.V777 A4 2017

Ponpido korekushon ten Frost Library; N6758 .P66 1997

Richard Deacon : what you see is what you get Frost Library; N6797.D443 A4 2017

Damien Hirst (Hirst, Damien, artist.) Frost Library; N6797.H565 A4 2016

Eduardo Paolozzi (Paolozzi, Eduardo, 1924-2005, artist.) Frost Library; N6797.P25 A4 2017

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun : behind the mask, another mask Frost Library; N6797.W39 A4 2017

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

Exist otherwise : the life and works of Claude Cahun (Shaw, Jennifer Laurie, author.) Frost Library; N6853.C252 S53 2017

Rachel, Monique... (Calle, Sophie, artist, author.) Frost Library; N6853.C2615 A4 2017

Facture : conservation, science, art history. Volume 3, Degas Frost Library; N6853.D33 F33 2017

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

Andore Furansowa ten : shikaku no shōyō, yume no korāju (François, André, 1915-2005.) Frost Library; N6853.F7 A4 1995

Gōgyan to ru purudyu no gakatachi = Gauguin et ses amis peintres Frost Library; N6853.G34 A4 1992

Gauguin : artist as alchemist Frost Library; N6853.G34 A4 2017 x

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

Barairo no yume, eien no otometachi, Marī Rōransan Ten (Laurencin, Marie, 1883-1956.) Frost Library; N6853.L2946 A4 1979

Kyubisumu no kyoshō, Reje Ten (Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955.) Frost Library; N6853.L35 A4 1993

Philippe Parreno : anywhen (Parreno, Philippe, 1964-, artist, author.) Frost Library; N6853.P3664 A4 2016

Romanesque -- Picasso Frost Library; N6853.P5 A4 2016

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

Joseph Beuys (Mesch, Claudia, author.) Frost Library; N6888.B463 M47 2017

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

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

Naples Frost Library; N6921.N2 N35 2017

Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein : in search of the absolute Frost Library; N6923.G455 A4 2016

Young Leonardo : the evolution of a revolutionary artist, 1472-1499 (Isbouts, Jean-Pierre, author.) Frost Library; N6923.L33 I83 2017

Raphael and the redefinition of art in Renaissance Italy (Williams, Robert, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; N6923.R3 W55 2017

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

Conceptual, surrealist, pictorial : photo-based art in Belgium, 1960s-early 1990s (Decan, Liesbeth.) Frost Library; N6968.5.C64 D43 2016

Yan Fāburu = Jan Fabre Frost Library; N6973.F33 A4 2001

Revolution : Russian art 1917-1932 Frost Library; N6988.5.A83 R48 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

Marianne Werefkin and the women artists in her circle Frost Library; N6999.W4 M375 2017

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

What does history know of nail-biting? (Torres, Francesc, 1948-, artist.) Frost Library; N7113.T64 A4 2016 xx

Radical decadence : excess in contemporary feminist textiles and craft (Skelly, Julia, author.) Frost Library; N72.F45 S59 2017

Art and the global economy (Zarobell, John, author.) Frost Library; N72.G55 Z37 2017

Art and public history : approaches, opportunities, and challenges Frost Library; N72.H58 A77 2017

Art and the city : worlding the discussion through a critical artscape Frost Library; N72.P6 A755 2017

Future imperfect : A Blade of Grass, 2014-15 Frost Library; N72.P6 F88 2017

Delirium and resistance : activist art and the crisis of capitalism (Sholette, Gregory, author.) Frost Library; N72.P6 S595 2017

Circulation Frost Library; N72.S6 C54 2017

The cleaner : Marina Abramović (Abramović, Marina, artist, author, interviewee.) Frost Library; N7253.A25 A4 2017

Honar : the Afkhami collection of modern and contemporary Iranian art Frost Library; N7280 .H66 2017 x

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

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

For whom the bell tolls : Samson Young's art journey (Young, Samson.) Frost Library; N7349.Y68 A4 2016

Zhang Peili : record. repeat. Frost Library; N7349.Z4745 A4 2017

Tatsuo Miyajima : connect with everything (Miyajima, Tatsuo, 1957-, artist.) Frost Library; N7359.M578 A4 2016