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Art & Politics in Latin America (HAA 0520) - Oakland Campus: Artist Research

This guide was created to assist students in Jennifer Josten's class, Art & Politics in Latin America (HAA 0520)

Finding Exhibition Catalogs


Exhibition Catalogs: May Not Be Published Online

Many exhibition catalogs published may not be available online, largely due to the cost of image rights.

Exhibition catalogs contain valuable insight into the curator's and museum director's thoughts. These statements and essays can often address:

  • Why were these works brought together under one roof at this point in time?
  • The social and political issues raised by the exhibition
  • Local and global partners who helped make the exhibition possible
  • Insight into the curator's relationship with the artist/s

Art & Architecture Databases

Some of the best databases to use for doing artist research include the following: 

Search Tips When Doing Artist Research:

  • Search for the artist name. Either use first name, last name, or try using last name, first name.  
  • Search for the artist name and name of art movement.
  • Search for the artist name and medium of artwork
  • Search for the name of an exhibition they were in. 
  • Search for artists they may have been friends with during the period of time in question.
  • Search for the name a of a school or gallery they may have been associated with during the period of time in question.  
  • Search for a specific work of art by that artist by its title and year.
  • Refine your searches by using AND, OR, NOT, etc between keywords. 
  • If you are looking for a specific article and know the author, type in the name of the article AND the author's name.