Smart History is a free, multimedia "web book," modeled after, but seeking to improve upon traditional art history textbooks. It includes scholarly essays on artists, artworks, and periods in art history; video interviews with scholars and artists; and (VERY RARE for this kind of site) highly reliable authors and information concerning art history. Highly recommeded as a companion to our art history textbook. (And one--like ANY source students utilize, be it print or Web--that requires citation should one use it in one's research!)
A phenomenal source for online images (both canonical and marginal) by artists from the Renaissance to the present. A great site for viewing images from class up-close-and-personal, as they have excellent quality enlargements and zooms of many works. Check it out to help you with your studying, or just for an easy way to browse more works by artists you like from lectures or the textbook.
A daily newspaper on international art, for up-to-the-second news on museums, artists, and the art world.
Another good site for links to online resources in art history.
Fairly self-explanatory...and useful for getting exhibition schedules for museums and galleries around the world! Also includes a searchable database, so that you can go right to the museum, artist or city that you happen to be interested in finding out about.
Art History Resources on the Web:
This site has organized extensive links relating to:
Century Baroque Art
18th Century Art
19th Century Art
...all of which include links from technique to countries to individual artists!
Triumph of the Baroque:
Website designed to accompany the National Gallery's exhibition of the same name. An excellent resource for more information on Baroque architecture.
Art History Forums:
An online encyclopedia for research on art and the humanities. Contains brief but succinct descriptions of periods and styles, as well as links to related images and movements.
Considering the insane number of popes, nobles, and monarchs we deal with in my classes, it's nice to have a one-stop source for straightening out who's who in the world of Catholic art and history! (Not to mention excellent entries on religious matters that affect politics and art of the period we're studying.) Also has some nice entries on artists and art movements considered relevant to the Church.
Gallery online's Guided Tours:
These "guided tours" are interactive "chapters" relating to subjects from our studies. These tours show key objects and sites from different periods/places in art history alongside historical information relating to these works and places.
Your Art Object:
An online guide designed by an art librarian to help you research objects/artists that you are writing about. Very helpful to guide students through all the intimidating resources at your disposal!
A website dedicated to the art of European artists who specialized in "Orientalist" paintings of North Africa and the Middle East. (Also see the excellent, scholarly "Orientalism and the 'Other'" website!)
Post-Impressionism to Postmodernism:
A fun site that, in addition to lots of good info on Surrealist art and literature, allows you to generate "Surrealist compliments" (such as "I relentlessly desire your custard tongue between my eyelids") as well as read your Dada fortune.
A beautiful site that gives a chronological history of Surrealism's development out of Dada philosophies. Very insightful and scholarly.
Marcel Duchamp studies online journal:
This excellent, scholarly e-journal is dedicated entirely to studies of the work of Marcel Duchamp
My Data: portraiture "by
Ever wonder what your portrait would look like if painted by Piet Mondrian? Well, now you can plug in your personal data and find out what in De Stijl you look like!
Jackson Pollock "paintbrush:"
By clicking and dragging your mouse, this site allows you to make a pretty amazingly reasonable facsimile of a Jackson Pollock painting.
A Fluxus-inspired site that combines "art instructions" for audiences to perform. Includes contributions from artists like Matthew Barney, Pipilotti Rist, Yoko Ono, Gilbert & George and Mike Kelley. (Also encourages participants to document and send in photos of their performances...so if you "do it," you can get on the site!)
Aid in or just read about the wacky hi-jinx of the international art terrorists, @rTMark. Home of The Barbie Liberation Organization, Deconstructing Beck CD, and other pranks toward the common good. (Collaborators include the brilliant DJ Spooky: That Subliminal Kid and legendary copyright infringers, Negativland.)
and Melamid: The Most Wanted Paintings:
Among my contemporary art students, the most popular conceptual artwork ever! Talk about "paint by numbers"--peruse a virtual gallery of paintings created according to objectively gathered data on the tastes of countries around the world. Find out what "America's Most Wanted" painting looks like! (Calculated down to the size, subject, and colors "most wanted" by Americans surveyed.) Very funny and very revealing.
The AIGA Journal of Design:
This is the official publication of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and features up-to-the-minute information, ideas, and research on contemporary design as well as design history.
A PBS-designed site that teaches kids how about design history, "branding," and all that other commercial stuff that we take for granted--but definitely fun and educational for grown-ups, too. Kids can deconstruct and demystify the commercial world, designing their own products, logos, and learning about great designers.
Look into the recent doings of feminist avenging angels of the art world, the Guerrilla Girls! Lots of collectible (and affordable) posters for sale, as well as free image and sticker downloads so that you can join in the cultural protests!
The New Museum of Contemporary Art's web journal dedicated to news from the world of New Media art.
A very kool, animated site (requires Flash plug-in) that presents the work--videos, installations, and even music--of brilliant Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.
Center for the Arts: Web projects:
Komar and Melamid's project is just one of many sponsored by NYC's Dia Center, which presents past, present, and constantly evolving web projects by artists around the world.
Broad Family Foundation Resources:
An excellent website for information on contemporary art, artists and the museums that exhibit them!
Whitney Museum Artport:
The Whitney Museum of American Art's showcase for internet and digital art. Also check out the Whitney's site for its 2008 Whitney Biennial, the famous exhibition that spotlights avant-garde developments in art across the United States.
from the Tate Modern:
London's Tate Museum of Modern art's new site for web art. Includes not only art projects but critical writing pertaining to the relevance of digital art and communication.
An online "museum" of work by cutting-edge digital artists.
The new media site for Minneapolis' Walker Art Museum. Excellent digital projects, often produced in conjunction with their spectacular contemporary art exhibitions.
Museum of Contemporary Art:
New York City's premier center for exhibiting contemporary art by artists/curators interested in political and cultural issues.
1 Contemporary Art Center:
Always on the cutting edge of contemporary art, the website for Queens, NY's P.S. 1 galleries includes excellent interactive versions of their current shows.
of Contemporary Art Online:
Online version of the Journal of Contemporary Art. Includes excellent and thought-provoking interviews with artists making news and influencing new generations.
Shameless plugs and feminist propaganda:
Women: Shadow Story of the Millenium:
The New York Times' excellent online "synopsis" of feminism and feminist issues, leading off with Naomi Wolf's essay on the future of the women's movement.
Looking for information on any female artists, past or present? There's a pretty good chance that you'll find her biography and/or examples of her work here! This site also includes lots of great, cutting-edge scholarship and criticism on women artists.
Site dedicated to sharing information on women artists in history, developed by Sonoma State University.
Self-described international feminist art journal based in London, published by the British art critic Katy Deepwell.
a journal of third wave feminist thought
An academic journal out of Canada that focuses on the work of young feminist scholars. Articles range from legal analysis to literary reviews to pop cultural studies. [Read Maria's article on punk rock and feminism: "Oh! Dogma (Up Yours!"]
The same "Voice of the New Grrrl Order" you know and love on the newsstand (and to which I happen to be a frequent contributor). Their online version also includes a travel guide, chatrooms, and one of the largest 'zine links pages that I've ever seen.
The venerable journal on gender issues has gone completely digital! Cutting-edge scholarship and cultural criticism on art, literature, and pop culture.
Pretty self-explanatory. Not a terribly fancy site, but loads and loads of links to and information on both academic and practical issues related to women's lives.