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Research Guide to Visual Arts: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching visual arts


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These are open-access websites:

Free online newspaper about all aspects of visual art

The Art Institute of Chicago
Website for the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Project
Thousands of works of art from world museums

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute
Website for the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Materials Culture
Created and maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

The Getty
Website for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Graphics Atlas
Print identification and characteristic exploration tools

The Guggenheim
Website for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Library of Congress Digital Collections
Photograph collections made available by the Library of Congress

‚ÄčThe Met
Website the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

Website for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

The National Gallery
Website for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Website for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Documents that support the study of the history of the visual arts in America

St. Louis Art Museum
Online collections from the St. Louis Art Museum

The Tate
Online resources from The Tate in London, Liverpool, and St. Ives

The Walters
Images from Baltimore's Walters Art Museum

The Whitney
Website for The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City

TED Talk

Miru Kim's underground art

At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude—to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus (14:31).

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