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Art and Artists: Art Books

Resources on Art History and Art Museums in NYC, based on the course offerings in the Art and Music Department at John Jay College, by Ellen Belcher

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias On Art

Oxford Art Online includes the following individual titles:

Chilvers (ed) Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Chilvers (ed) The dictionary of modern and contemporary art

Clarke, Michael (2003) The concise Oxford dictionary of art terms.

Darvill, Timothy (2008) The concise Oxford dictionary of archaeology

Morgan, Ann Lee. (2007) The Oxford dictionary of American art and artists

Hall, James Dictionary of subjects and symbols in art. Reference - N7560 .H34 2008

Turner (ed) Dictionary of Art - Reference - N 31 .D5 1996

Oxford Companion to Western Art

Thames and Hudson dictionary of art and artists  - Reference - N33 .T43 1985


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Art Books in the Stacks - selections

Denega, Danielle (2007) Have you seen this face?: the work of forensic artists. Stacks - HV8073.4 .D46 2007

Design E-Books available from the Internet Archive

An organized collection of graphic design related items that are available on the Internet Archives compiled by Valery Marier

Collections of Art Books, Digitally available for Free

MetPublications From the website: MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive book and online publishing program with close to 700 titles published from 1964 to the present. MetPublications includes a description and table of contents for most titles, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards, and links to related Met titles by author and by theme. Current titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book.  Collections.

Guggenheim Museum Publications - Over a thousand publications by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now freely available on the Internet Archive.

Getty Institute Publications Virtual Library Free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives.

Brooklyn Museum publications - selections from books published by this museum are available here  - read more about the project on the Brooklyn Museum Blog

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Reading Room  from the website:The Reading Room is a special corner of dedicated to catalogues and brochures of exhibitions past. These are out-of-print, hard-to-find publications available here in full for free. From a unique set of publications focused on the Southern California art scene to rare books about German Expressionism, modern art, Southeast Asian art, and more, the catalogues and brochures here reflect the depth and breadth of LACMA’s collection and exhibition history.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections

The MMA has made the records and images of almost 500,000 items in their collections freely available with open access rights.

"...all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you're an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction."

Read more on Open Access at the Met.

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Ellen Belcher
Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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New York City 10019