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Researching Art or Artists

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Biographical Reference Resources

  • Who’s Who in American Art
    Reference Desk:  N6536 .W5 (current year also in Stack K)
  • Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975
    Open Shelf:  N6536 .W49 1999 (also at Reference Desk)
  • Dictionary of Artists (Bénézit)
    Open Shelf:  N40 .B4713 2006
  • Allgemeines Kunstler-Lexikon
    Open Shelf:  N40 .A63 1992
  • Contemporary Artists
    Open Shelf:  N6490 .C6567 1996

Signature Directories

If you do not have the name of the work you are researching, but it has a signature, try one of these resources.

  • American Artists: Signatures & Monograms, 1800-1990
    Open Shelf:  N45 .C37 1990
  • Marks & Monograms: The Decorative Arts, 1880-1960
    Open Shelf:  N45 .H37 1995
  • The Visual Index of Artists’ Signatures & Monograms
    Open Shelf:  N45 .J33 1991
  • Artists’ Monograms & Indiscernible Signatures: An International Directory, 1800-1991
    Open Shelf:  N45 .C374 1991

Information Online

These resources provide citations and some full-text articles on art, artists, and related topics. Unless otherwise noted, they are available at the Art Institute of Chicago, the SAIC campus, or from other locations with an ARTIC username and password.