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Finding Exhibit Catalogs

To find an exhibition catalog on an artist(s), type in "the artist's name" AND exhibition

Example:  "Yvonne Rainer" AND exhibition

To find an exhibition catalog from a museum, type in the "museum name" in the first search line AND exhibition in the second

Example: "Orange County Museum of Art" AND exhibition

Contemporary Art Research Tips

Researching contemporary art and/or artists can be difficult since the literature is still developing. Any art created after 1965 is considered "contemporary." 

Older more established artists, or contemporary very famous artists may have books, articles, and exhibition reviews readily available in our catalog and databases; however, newer artists that have not yet caught the attention of commercial museums of publishers can be more difficult to research.  

When researching contemporary artists, it is important to look for research in  websites, blogs, newspaper articles, exhibition notices, pamphlets, magazines, and interviews with gallery representatives and/or the artist themselves. You will find portals to this type of information on this guide as well as more traditional scholarly resources.

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