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Art (Contemporary)

resources for studying contemporary visual arts

Short Bios on an Artist or Designer – Top Pick

Search Engines

Of course you can often find short bios by entering an artist’s name in a search engine and these can work fine if you examine them carefully. In general, the biographies posted by major museums, art galleries, and artists themselves, are of a higher quality than those provided by the many commercial sites such as Artcyclopedia, AskArt, Artnet, etc.  Accuracy varies.  Web bios for historic figures are frequently copied from public domain (pre-1923) sources. 

Indexes to Biographical Dictionaries

Since there are so many biographical dictionaries to choose from, indexes have been designed to show you exactly which dictionary will contain a biography of your artist. There are 2 indexes that cover arts people.

Try them in this order:

Special Types of Art People

Art Writers:

Curators, Educators, Gallerists, Critics, etc.

The most recent volumes of these are not covered in indexes and must be checked separately: