Internet resources for the

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Internet resources for the visual arts

The best of the Web
Welcome to this guide to the best of the Web for the Visual Arts. In these pages you will find a selection of some of the most useful websites for students, lecturers and researchers working in the Visual Arts. The selection is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a flavour of the range of resources available on the Internet for education and research.

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Art history, theory and criticism
AHDS Visual Arts AHDS Visual Arts maintains a searchable online archive of digital resources for use by the visual arts community for learning, teaching and research.

The Art Movements Directory This is a guide to major movements and periods in art, described in detail along with their background, philosophies, techniques, key dates and artists.

Art History

A comprehensive index of art history resources, focusing on Western art from classical times to the present, including images and essays.

ARARA: Art and Architecture of the Americas ARARA is an online journal for the Arts and Architecture of the Americas from pre-Columbian times to the present day. The full contents of the journal, including abstracts, papers and reviews, are available from 1999.

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide A free, refereed ejournal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century art across the globe, with an extensive selection of essays and reviews.

Papers of Surrealism A journal of criticism of Surrealist art and its influences. The website is arranged by issue, but is also grouped under special themes, such as: Objects and Junk or Science and the Occult.

Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk Freedom Discipline This website accompanied the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition Abstraction in the Twentieth Century, and discusses Abstract Expressionism, monochrome painting, minimal and post-minimal sculpture.


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Art Full Text

Art Index Retrospective: 1929–1984 These two subscription resources offer searchable indexing of periodicals from 1929 to the present. Art Full Text offers full-text (from 1997) plus abstracts and indexing (from 1984) of peer-selected publications, including Latin American, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, reviews and criticism. Art Index Retrospective provides searchable indexing from 420 noted international publications between 1929 to 1984. Institutional subscription and ATHENS username required. provides details about art-related materials from academic, public, national and special libraries throughout the UK and Ireland, including a directory of art libraries, archives and other collections in the UK and a periodicals database.

ARTbibliographies Modern Art Bibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations and exhibition reviews, on modern and contemporary art. Subscription required.

JISCmail JISCmail is a JISC-sponsored academic mailing list service with discussions covering a vast number of subjects, from drawing to new media.

Variant: the Free Arts and Culture Magazine Variant magazine provides in-depth coverage of the social, political and cultural aspects of the arts and culture. This website offers a complete full-text version of the magazine and archives from issue 1 (1996).


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Intute Artists Index An A–Z listing of artists and links to significant, reviewed resources on them.

Union List of Artist Names Online research/vocabularies/ulan/ Produced and maintained by the Getty Vocabulary Program, the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) contains over 225,000 artists’ names and brief biographical data.

Giorgio Vasari: the Lives of the Artists A companion to the book The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari (first published in Florence in 1550), this website contextualises art work by Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Multimedia: Johannes Vermeer House and Delft Art & Geography This website is devoted to the painter Johannes Vermeer and his surroundings, and conveys the atmosphere of 17th century Delft, Holland through the use of video, animation and 3-D models.

Da Vinci’s Bones Date: circa 1509. Copyright: Getty images, available from the Education Image Gallery.

Turner Collection The Tate Gallery’s Turner Collection is the largest collection of JMW Turner’s work in the world. This website explores the full Tate Turner collections, and Turner’s work in public and private collections around the world.

Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation manages one of the world’s largest collections of Salvador Dali’s work. This website contains highlights of the collection, a biography and video clips of Dali.

Jackson Pollock 1912–1956 Illustrated with photographs of Pollock and images of his work, this website introduces this groundbreaking American painter. There are QuickTime sequences of Pollock painting, and audio of the artist discussing his work.


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Cindy Sherman This is a useful resource about the American photographer Cindy Sherman. It provides a biography and timeline, and displays images of her works.

Turner Prize History Awarded annually, since 1984, the list of nominees for the Turner Prize is a guide to some of the most successful contemporary British artists. This website has details of all artists nominated and relevant critical articles.

Art materials and techniques
Art Studio Chalkboard: a Technical Resource for Artists and Art Students This set of illustrated tutorials focuses on the fundamentals of perspective, shading, colour and painting and includes users’ questions and answers.

About Stone About Stone is a resource for people who work with stone, including a directory and discussion list.

The Figure-Drawing Lab
http://studiochalkboard.evansville. edu/p-tools.html A guide to the fundamentals of portraying the human figure, including materials, techniques, proportion, anatomy and perspective.

Pigments Through the Ages This website examines the pigments used in paintings, discussing their physical makeup and symbolic significance. Posted by a variety of contributors, these tutorials introduce photographic techniques, including colour, depth of field, exposure, lenses and digital photography.


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Conservation and restoration
CoOL: Conservation Online CoOL is a full-text library of conservation information, aimed at those involved in the conservation of library, archive and museum materials.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artists Works (AIC) A professional organisation dedicated to preserving art and historical artefacts for future generations.

Preserving My Heritage The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) promotes the care of Canada's heritage, advances the practice and technology of conservation and works closely with Canada's museums, art galleries and academic institutions. index_e.asp

Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) CHIN promotes the development, presentation and preservation of Canada’s digital heritage. The website includes a link to the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN), which provides access to over 190,000 bibliographic citations for conservation literature.

AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature Published by the J. Paul Getty Trust, AATA Online provides peer-reviewed, quality abstracts from international literature for conservation and heritage management. This mailing list aims to facilitate discussion amongst those engaged or interested in research into the conservation of objects, works of art or buildings.

Bellini: Creating & Re-creating This website explores the Italian Renaissance painter's workshop and his devotional images, using X-radiography, infra-red reflectography and cross-sections. A series of images provide before, during and after images of the conservation process.


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Fine and contemporary arts
The Book Arts Web This wide-ranging resource includes essays on book arts, a gallery of artists’ work and an electronic journal, The Bonefolder.

Artists' Book Image Database artistsbooks.htm This is a searchable, illustrated database of artists' books in the collection of Otis College of Art and Design in California, including books by Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Beuys and Vito Acconci.

DIGITAL ART is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) collection of Web-based art works and curatorial experiments. Some projects may require QuickTime, Macromedia Flash, Pulse or Shockwave plug-ins.

Lovebytes Lovebytes is an annual digital arts festival in Sheffield. Its website features an extensive archive of past projects, publications and documentation of digital artworks since 1994.

The Drawing Center The Drawing Center, based in New York, hosts exhibitions of emerging and established artists' drawings and runs an extensive education and events programme. The website has an archive of the Center’s activities and is a useful starting point for those interested in contemporary drawing.

Tracey: Contemporary Drawing Research Tracey is a forum for people to engage in discussion of contemporary drawing practice. Alongside text and articles, it provides an online gallery.


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Dia Art Foundation Dia Art Foundation is a contemporary arts organisation, based in New York. Its collection, illustrated here, includes important installation, site-specific and land art by artists including Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin and Donald Judd.

Royal Academy of Arts The Royal Academy of Arts (RA), founded in 1768, is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain. Its website includes current and past exhibitions, including numerous landmark painting exhibitions.

Live Art Directory: Online Research Resource The Live Art Directory is split into four sections: artists, venues, informative bodies (including funders) and critical texts and resources.
Museum staff look up at a projection of Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ at the ‘Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master Exhibition’ at The British Museum on March 20, 2006 in London, England. Copyright: Getty Images, available from the Education Image Gallery.

The Live Art Archives Live Art Archive holds searchable information about performance art in the UK from 1960 to the present day. There is a discussion list with an archive, a bibliography and links to live art venues, courses, events, and practitioners.

Source The website of the contemporary photography magazine, Source. Free full-text articles and enlargeable images are included, from its launch in 2002.

A History of Photography: From its Beginnings till the 1920s Covering the first eighty years of the history of photography, this website has an A–Z list of significant people and sections on processes, styles and movements.


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Artangel Artangel commissions new works in public and social spaces by contemporary artists and its website includes a comprehensive archive of its projects to date.

Public Monuments and Sculpture Association The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) promotes the understanding of public sculpture. Of particular interest is the National Recording Project to survey and catalogue every piece of public sculpture in the British Isles. pages/aboutus.htm

V&A: Collections: Prints & Books This website draws together the varied collections of books and prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, covering fine art and commercial prints from the Renaissance to the present.

What is a Print? This Flash-based resource uses animation to explain woodcutting, etching, lithography and screen-printing. There is a detailed glossary of printmaking terms and a bibliography covering history and practice.

The Henry Moore Foundation The Henry Moore Foundation works to promote sculpture, and as well as an online archive of images of Moore’s work, this website provides resources for study and research into sculpture, including information about the Foundation’s activities, grants, libraries and archives, and research.

V&A: Collections: Sculpture Relevant to both the study of sculpture as object and to its display, the V&A’s sculpture website features its collection, including its Cast Court and notable individual works.


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Sonic Arts Network Sonic Arts Network (SAN) is a worldwide events, education and information resource supporting creative work in sonic art, and links to SARA, the Sonic Arts Research Archive.

British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins College of Art The British artists' film and video study records the history of experimental film and video in Britain. Its website includes: a searchable database of information about British artists' film and video; an online version of the video library catalogue; bibliographies; research papers; online exhibitions and projects, exhibitions and conference listings.

Luxonline Luxonline contains a searchable archive of works by film and video artists, including synopses, biographies, stills and streamed clips. There are features on film and video art and its history, a glossary of terms, links to Web and print resources and step-by-step guides to techniques and processes.

Images and image banks
Art and Architecture Art and Architecture (A&A) is a searchable resource of paintings, drawings, architectural images and sculpture from the Courtauld Institute of Art’s Conway and Witt photographic libraries.

Education Image Gallery The Education Image Gallery provides access to a collection of images, dating from the 19th century, which are copyright-cleared and available for free use in learning, teaching and research. Institutional subscription and ATHENS login required.



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TASI: Technical Advisory Service for Images The Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) provides advice and support to the UK academic community on the digital creation, storage and delivery of image-related data. Information is also provided on existing digital image resources and on finding digital images.

The Bridgeman Art Library The website of the Bridgeman Art Library, London, provides a large source of art images for publication, including a browsable selection of paintings.

Corbis The Corbis website, one of the biggest commercial stock image services, contains images covering a wide subject area, including both rights-managed and royalty-free images.

Museums and galleries
National Portrait Gallery [London] The website of the National Portrait Gallery in London provides access to a database of images from the Gallery's collection and details of exhibitions, lectures, events, and educational programmes are also provided.

Tate Online The Tate houses the national collections of British art and international modern art. Its website features details of the collection, a comprehensive A–Z artist listing, 8,000 images, and details of current exhibitions.

Museum of Modern Art [New York] The Museum of Modern Art in New York is amongst the largest Modern art museums in the world. Its website provides information about the museum’s collections, services and programmes, and includes an online gallery.


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National Gallery [London] The National Gallery houses the British national collection of Western European painting, period from 1260–1900. The website provides coverage of the collection, with images of many famous paintings, information on current exhibitions, lectures, new loans and acquisitions.

24 Hour Museum The 24 Hour Museum promotes UK museums and galleries. The website provides daily listings of current events and exhibitions in UK museums.

The Good Gallery Guide The Good Gallery Guide is a directory of art galleries in England, Scotland and Wales, assessed for their accessibility, and includes contact details, facilities and public transport information. /cityheritage/

VAGA: Visual Arts & Galleries Association VAGA (Visual Arts and Galleries Association) is a UK-based membership body for individuals and institutions concerned with exhibiting contemporary art. The website contains arts news, a full members list and facts and figures on attendances, employment, economics and attitudes to the visual arts.

News and information
Art Newspaper The Art Newspaper is a monthly publication providing news coverage of the international art world, focusing on legal, political and economic issues.

Arts Council England ArtsJobs and ArtsNews Mailing Lists This website allows subscription to Arts Council England’s news and jobs email lists.


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Artsjobsonline Artsjobsonline is a free service advertising the latest arts jobs available throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, searchable by sector, salary, function and location.

Arts Advice: Free Course and Career Advice Arts Advice is aimed at people working in the creative industries, and offers advice on jobs within the industry, business guidance and vocational and academic courses.

a-n: the Artists Information Company Representing professional artists, a-n Magazine’s online resource contains weekly-updated UK and international opportunities (including residencies, commissions, awards and prizes) and interactive artists’ fees, contracts and professional development toolkits. the Daily Digest of Arts, Culture & Ideas Arts Journal is a weekday digest of arts and culture taken from over 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications.

Arts Hub Arts Hub provides subscription-based arts information including a weekly jobs bulletin; industry news; company announcements; and details of awards, commissions and competitions.

Art Design Media Subject Centre: the Higher Education Academy The Art Design Media (ADM) subject centre promotes high quality learning and teaching in UK higher education. The website also covers benchmarking, assessment, eLearning, widening participation and disability. There is a bibliographic database of pedagogic research in art, and a database of resource reviews.


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July 2006