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Modern and Contemporary Art and Design: A Guide to Research Resources

This guide will help you navigate online and physical research resources for modern and contemporary art and design.

Getting Started with Modern and Contemporary Art Research

About this Research Guide

This guide is designed to help you navigate resources related to modern and contemporary art available via MICA's Decker Library and on the open web.

Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

[Image Description: sign reading Bauhaus Archiv, Museum fur Gestaltung]

"Art and design" is a broad field, and this guide is not exhaustive but offers starting places for research in art history, graphic design, fashion design, and industrial design. Here are some initial, introductory sites to get started:


ArtxHistory is an education resource of commonly available images, videos, mini-lectures and scholarship of the decades which influenced or defined modern through contemporary art. 

Grove Art Online

Encyclopedic coverage of all aspects of fine and applied arts, architecture, and artists and architects biographies.


A public art history archive of online learning videos from the paleolithic era to present.


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