the contemporary art world makes understanding art today
difficult for anyone without a Ph.D. The writing about art
tends to be obtuse, convoluted, and unintelligible. All of
the following magazines have reviews many of which are unreadable.
Do NOT be intimidated if you do not understand art writing.
No one does. However, the pictures are great and can help
to provide you with a better understanding of not only what
is out there but also what you like.
Great source for reviews and market information.
Art in America
Another great source for reviews, and artists' profiles.
Art Forum Magazine
Often clotted/dense writing, but great pictures. Covers
all aspects of the avant-garde art world.
& Auction Magazine
The best source of up-to-minute news and gossip in the
world of art and auctions. Moreover, has great coverage
of the-ever-evolving internet art world.
Jeanne Frank, New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1997. A wonderful
guide for learning about art, written by a knowledgeable straight
Visions: The Epic History of Art in America
Robert Hughes: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
A 635 page "entertaining and insightful contemplation" of
the epic history of American art.
with Art 5th Edition
Rita Gilbert, McGraw Hill, 1998
An exploration that begins with practical explanations
of art terms and techniques. A historical section details
ancient through contemporary art.
Published annually by Richard Polsky; Worth Magazine
calls it "a cross between a tip sheet and an art appreciation
to Look at Paintings
Mary Acton: Routledge, 1997. Deals with key terms like
composition, space, line, form and visual meaning. The
author analyzes works by Picasso and Rothko, among others,
and uses her analyses as teaching tools.
Art Biz: The Covert World of Collectors, Dealers, Auction
Houses, Museums, and Critics
Alice Goldfarb Marquis, Chicago: Contemporary Books,
1991 - Filled with information on the inner workings
of the art boom in the 80's.
New York's Art World
Barbaralee Diamonstein. New York: Rizzoli, 1979
Art History (Just some of the best)
New York School: A Cultural Reckoning
Dore Ashton, New York: Penguin Books, 1979
of Modern Sculpture: Pioneers and Premises
Albert E. Elsen, New York:George Baziller, 1974
of the Postmodern Era
Irving Sandler, New York: Harper and Row, 1978
History of Impressionism
4th Ed. Rev., John Rewald, New York: Museum of Modern