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Art & Artists: Contemporary

This guide provides resources on contemporary art, artists, movements, theory, and criticism in the contemporary art world. Contemporary is defined as 1970 to the present.

How to Find Art Books and Artists' Exhibition Catalogs

Books on Artists, Art Movements, Artists' Exhibition Catalogs and Techniques

The UNT Libraries collects extensively in post 1970's contemporary exhibition catalogs and books.
Exhibition catalogs are usually the best sources for images of an artist's work and biographical information.

To find books on artists and exhibition catalogs, go to the UNT Libraries home page:, click on the "Books & More" tab, then type your search in the keyword search box. 

Artist Keyword Search exampleSmith, Kiki
Artist Exhibition Catalog Search: Smith, Kiki AND Exhibition.
Art Movement Keyword Search examples: Fauvism, Cubism, Postmodernism
Art Technique Keyword Search examples: Painting AND Technique, Encaustic AND Technique, Sculpture AND Technique
Art Topic: Sculpture AND Theory, Abstract AND Sculpture AND Theory, Smith, Kiki AND Criticism, Smith, Kiki AND Biography

How to Find and Request Books and Exhibition Catalogs not Owned by the UNT Libraries

National and International Art Exhibition Catalogs

Contemporary National and International Art Exhibition Catalogs

The UNT Libraries subscribe to the most important national and international annual, biennal, and triennal art exhibition catalogs. Look in these catalogs to find out about cutting edge art and artists in the contemporary art world. All art exhibition catalogs are located on the 3rd floor of the Willis Library.

Whitney Biennial
(New York), N6512 .W5321

Biennale di Venezia
(Venice, Italy), N6488.I8 V43

(Kassel, Germany), N6588.G3 K3718

Biennale of Sydney
(Sydney, Australia), N6488.A8 S92

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