From Picasso to Pollock
Research Sources & Tips
Definitions and Overviews
Course Reserves (textbooks/readings)
120 Thematic Essays on Contemporary Art (Met Museum)
Cubism and Culture / Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten.
The Cubist Painters / Guillaume Apollinaire ; translated, with commentary by Peter Read. Apollinaire and cubism / Peter Read.
Picasso and the Invention of Cubism / Pepe Karmel.
Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books
BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)
A. Start with an artwork, an artist, an event, or a case study— “a tangible and specific topic”
e.g., Search on an artist:
"Mark Rothko" (keyword search)
Rothko Mark (subject browse)
Among the search results, there are biographies, criticism and interpretation, primary sources (artist's own writing and interviews), exhibition catalogs and catalogue raisonné:
Exhibition and museum catalogues are uniquely valuable sources, which include:
*Fundamental data on each work of art;
*Official images of the artworks;
*essays by art critics/historians;
*list of scholarly publications on the art,
*sometimes, artists’ interviews,
Catalogue raisonné presents the complete works of an artist, often accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography.
Mark Rothko / Jeffrey Weiss; with contributions by John Gage ... [et al.].
Mark Rothko: the Works on Canvas: Catalogue Raisonné/ David Anfam.
More searches for exhibition catalogs:
B. Relate your artist/artwork to their Stylistic Type – the art historical significance of your artwork
In a stylistic analysis, focus on how the work of art reflects or affects the time in which they were made. How does it fit in with the larger historical trends and forces in the culture that influenced the development of art.
Subject Headings in a catalog/database are important clues, which lead to broader/related contexts.
Follow the Subject Heading here to explore the stylistic context of Hesse's artwork:
Use the method described above, here are more subject browses:
C. Explore Art-critical debates surrounding the artwork, the artist, the type of art:
e.g. the issues of gender/sexuality in regarding Eva Hesse's "Right After"
A search in BLC WorldCat, for example:
1. AND in between keywords and phrases;
2. sex* searches for sex, sextual, sexuality, etc.
3. "or" and ( ) nest related/varied expressions.
A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles
B. Popular Press
C. Finding Full Text
1. and 2. Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.
3. Combinations of Databases; search across groups of databases or search each separately:
4. Additional Databases:
ARTbibliographies Modern (1960's - present)
Art Index Retrospective (1929 - 1984)
5. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.
Factiva (more international coverage)
Boston Globe (1872-1979)
New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)
Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985)
Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)
British Humanities Index (1962- )
Exhibition Reviews in Popular Press
Exhibition reviews in popular press are likely opinion pieces. Ask yourself if these reviews are seeking to promote the artist, to criticize him/her, to judge his/her work, or simply to inform. Have the reviews changed over time? Why? How would you use these "public receptions" with other scholarly criticism?
Two sample reviews:
Tuchman, Phyllis. "Review: Rothko Rising." Art Journal 58, no. 1 (Spring, 1999): pp. 110-112.
Johnson, Ken. "ART IN REVIEW; Mark Rothko -- 'A Painter's Progress : The Year 1949'." The New York Times, February 6, 2004, sec. E; Part 2; Leisure/Weekend Desk.
Source of the two samples: Barnet, Sylvan, A Short Guide to Writing About Art (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011), p169.
1. Click on the button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:
a. link to the digital full text when available;
b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;
c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.
2. Search for a journal directly here:
a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)
c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.
IV. Writing and Citing
A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan Barnet
Writing about Art & Art History (The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors