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Art History

Scholarly resources for study and research in Art History

Scholarly books and catalogs are the primary form of scholarship and writing in art history.

  • Scholarly monograph: books on a single subject published by university presses
  • Catalogs: overviews of a body of work (an exhibition) or all the known works of an artist (catalogues raisonnées)

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Find Exhibition Catalogs & Artist Catalogs

When doing research in the arts, you may encounter and rely on the use of various kinds of catalogs. These publications serve different purposes, and can include:

  • Exhibition Catalogs: include images and essays from specific exhibitions. Exhibitions might focus on a particular topic/subject or artist, and these catalogs can help you to understand in what context artworks have been shown and discussed by curators and scholars.
  • Catalogues raisonnés: Catalogues raisonnés are the collected works of an individual artist or studio, and might be organized by medium (e.g. drawing, painting), subject/theme, or time period. 

To search for exhibition or artist catalogs at Mason, use the library's Advanced Search features:

  • Select "Mason Catalog" at the top (this limits the results to only books/ebooks in the library)
  • Change "Any Field" to "Subject", and enter your artist's name.
  • On the next line, enter the kind of catalog you want to find (e.g., "exhibition catalogs," "catalogues raisonnes", or just "catalogs")

Screenshot of Mason Libraries catalog search, example of search for "judy chicago" and "catalogs"