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Researching Contemporary Artists: Researching Contemporary Artists

Researching Contemporary Artists

Starting Point

Reference resources (Encyclopedias) are great for providing general information. Because of how concise these resources are, they are time savers.

Oxford Art Online


Encyclopedia Britannica: Academic

Florida Electronic Library


Youtube: CFAM in 60 Seconds: Hank Willis Thomas. Rollins College Published on Jun 6, 2016

Art Source


Bergs Fashion Library

Definitions: Contemporary Art. NYU Steinhardt. Department of Art and Art Professions

Contemporary art is the art of today, produced by artists who are living in the twenty-first century. 

Contemporary art provides an opportunity to reflect on contemporary society and the issues relevant to ourselves, and the world around us.

Telling Google Where to Go!

Finding a contemporary artist in print resources can be difficult simply because print publishing requires a longer process and more vetting than the web! 

The web is in conflict with the streamlined process of print publishing, possibly due to its haste in providing information, is riddled with  issues of misinformation, bias, and steering.  

So what can you do? Simply tell Google where you want it to search!!!


Site searching is a GREAT option when starting a search!  

You are able to tailor a search and target specific websites regarding specific topics. 

topic: Hank Willis Thomas            


Hank Willis Thomas site:

or use the domain extension only to find a variety of sources: .org to find organizations, .edu for academic sources, .com for company sources 

Hank Willis thomas site: .org