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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.

Modern and Postmodern Theory and Criticism

Modern & Postmodern Art Theory & Criticism


Search the UNT Library Catalog for books on art theory and criticism.
Choose "Keyword" search.
Search examples: Postmodern and Art and Criticism; Art and "20th Century"; Postmodern and criticism; Reconstruction and Art and Theory; Viola, Bill and Criticism.
Theorist or Critic search: Choose the "Author" or "Keyword" search tabs to search for works by or about theorists. Example: Lippard, Lucy, or Derrida, Jacques, or Baudrillard, Jean.

*Also search the art databases (under the "Articles" tab), for journal articles on postmodern art theory and criticism.

Theory and Criticism: Books

Located in Willis Library on the 3rd floor.

Art in Modern Culture: an anthology of critical texts
Art of the Postmodern Era: from the late 1960's to the early 1990's
Eye to Eye: Twenty Years of Art Criticism
Modern Arts Criticism
Artwords: A Glossary of Contemporary Art Theory
Contemporary Art Trends 1960-1980: A Guide to Sources
Postmodernism: a Bibliography, 1926-1994

Art Theory & Criticism: Websites

Postmodern Culture
An electronic journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press with support from the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

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