AC Institute - A consortium of public service projects for experimentation, documentation and understanding of art. It is a forum for experimentation and critical discussion.
Agency of Unrealised Projects (AUP) - Whether censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible, or rejected, unrealized projects form a unique testament to the speculative power of non-action. AUP seeks to document and display these works.
American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) - A nationwide organization of professionals who produce, sell, edit, catalog and use photographic imagery - a forum for education, information, dialogue, interaction and professional growth. ASPP members are photographers, photo researchers, photo editors, stock agents, museum curators, librarians, historians, archivists, designers and writers.
Artist Project, The - An online series in which The Metropolitan Museum of Art gives artists an opportunity to respond to its encyclopedic collection. Beginning March 2015, for one year, The Met has invited 100 artists-local, national, and global-to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. Artists reflect on what art is and what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art.
Archives of American Art - Founded in Detroit in 1954 by Edgar P. Richardson, then Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Lawrence A. Fleischman, a Detroit executive and active young collector, the initial goal of the Archives was to serve as microfilm repository of papers housed in other institutions. This mission expanded quickly to collecting and preserving original material and, in 1970, the Archives joined the Smithsonian Institution, sharing the Institution's mandate-the increase and diffusion of knowledge. The Archives today is the world's pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America. Its vast holdings-more than 16 million letters, diaries and scrapbooks of artists, dealers, and collectors; manuscripts of critics and scholars; business and financial records of museums, galleries, schools, and associations; photographs of art world figures and events; sketches and sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio and video recordings; and the largest collection of oral histories anywhere on the subject of art-are a vital resource to anyone interested in American culture over the past 200 years.
Arlis.net - Designed to help users to locate art, architecture and design publications, plus related materials. The service includes a database of periodical titles (or magazines / journals / serials), plus a list of art libraries and links to other sources of information.
Artsy - Features the world's leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Its growing database of 350,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.
Art Deadlines List - A monthly email newsletter listing art contests and competitions, art scholarships & grants, juried exhibitions, art jobs and internships, call for entries/proposals/papers, writing and photo contests, residencies, design and architecture competitions, auditions, casting calls, fellowships, festivals, funding, and other opportunities for artists, art educators and art students.
Art in Context - Serves the international fine art community and general public by providing an online reference library for the publication and dissemination of information about artists and where to find their work. Each registered image included is catalogued and accessible by discipline, e.g., painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, multiples, etc. Selected examples may also be accessed according to styles and periods from a free-form index of common genre categories, e.g., 19th Century, Contemporary, Landscape. All catalogued images are accessible from, and linked to, the artist's and associated organization's reference pages, where registered affiliations and contact information is listed.
Art Loss Register (ALR) - Recovers stolen and missing art and antiques and provides a central clearinghouse for acquirers of art to determine good title thereby deterring theft and the trade in stolen art. ALR art historians register over 10,000 losses from insurers, owners and law enforcement agencies on its database annually.
Art-Collecting - Art gallery guides featuring fine art galleries located around the United States. The art galleries are listed alphabetically by state, city and gallery name. Each gallery has an Internet address so you can visit them online to learn more about what they offer. Major art cities are featured on their own page.
Artbook - Founded by the same team that runs D.A.P., a major distributor of books and exhibition catalogs on the arts.
Artchive - Mark Harden's Artchive is divided into several sections:
Artist Resource - Promoting Sonoma County, California artists and writers. Career development, opportunities, tools and techniques to artists and writers.
Artists' Books Online (ABsOnline) - An online repository of facsimiles, metadata, and criticism. ABsOnline consists of files that display artists' books, exhibits, essays, and links to other collections or resource materials for this field.
ArtLex Art Dictionary - Definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references.
artnetweb - A network of people and projects investigating new media in the practice of art. Projects, resources, organizations, readings, portfolios, slide registry, and more.
Artquest - Helping artists to make work, sell work, find work and network.
Arts Asian Initiative - Grounded in the belief that the arts can provide an important political and cultural voice for the Asian American communities in Philadelphia: Artist in Communities Training, Youth Arts Workshop, Rap Series, Special Projects.
ArtSource - Arts resources compiled as a service for art librarians.
ArtSpan - Produces San Francisco Open Studios and Inner City Public Art Projects for Youth, publishes the Directory of San Francisco Artists, organizes workshops to help artists with their professional development, and holds Selections, an annual juried art exhibition.
Artsy - Online platform for discovering, learning about, and collecting art. Its growing collection comprises 140,000+ artworks by 25,000+ artists from leading art fairs, galleries, museums, and art institutions. Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online.
ArtTactic - Pprovides art market research, analysis and advice for art collectors, art professionals, art institutions and art funds.
Barry's Blog - News, advice and opinion for the arts administrator. A a service of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). Maintained by Barry Hessenius.
BFAMFAPhD - Concerned about the impact of debt, rent, and precarity on the lives of creative people.
Blouin ARTINFO -Online destination of Louise Blouin Media. Offers breaking news, profiles of top and emerging artists, stories about collectors and collecting, gallery round-ups from around the world, the best of student art, market trends and analysis, and detailed coverage of art fairs. Also see related:
Bureau of Change - An education-centric lab for real art practice in New Orleans. Creates, curates and exhibits socially and politically engaged work.
Cahiers d'Art - One of the world's most distinguished publishers of the visual arts. Works directly with artists and their estates to create a revue, books, limited edition books and prints, and catalogues raisonnes - each of which celebrates the artist's individual character and vision.
California Arts and Artists - Access thousands of artists and arts organizations websites of California. A portal website representing California artists, innovators, and arts organizations. The Art California Web Portalprovides access to the rich diversity of the artists and arts organizations in California, with a focus on the non-profit arts, but also including Hollywood and popular musicians. Art California also seeks to provide access to the work of artists, to make arts websites more visible and easier to find, to encourage arts content on the Internet, to increase the audience for events and publications, to demonstrate the importance of supporting the arts in our state, to serve as a model that could be replicated in other states, and to generate interest in California art.
California Lawyers for the Arts, Inc. - A nonprofit tax-exempt service organization that provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.
Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) - Guidelines for the description of art objects and images, including a discussion of issues involved in building art information systems. The CDWA maps to and/or is the basis of several other metadata standards for describing works of art and material culture. Some of them are listed below:
VRA Core Categories 4.0 from the Visual Resources Association outlines an XML schema that is based on the CDWA and CCO.
Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) - CLAE is an international, expert and non-profit representative body which researches, identifies and recovers looted property on behalf of families, communities, institutions and governments worldwide. This site provides examples of the Commission's cases, news stories about the Commission's work and details of the international principles which the Commission monitors and promotes.
Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) - Established by U.S. Congress in 1910 as an independent agency to advise the Federal and District of Columbia governments on matters of art and architecture that affect the appearance of the nation's capital. The Commission's primary role is to advise on proposed public building projects, but it also reviews private buildings adjacent to public buildings and grounds of major importance.
Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO) - A searchable encyclopedia developed at the Conservation and Collections Management Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. CAMEO contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the conservation, preservation, and production of artistic, architectural, and archaeological materials.
Conservation OnLine (CoOL) - A full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.
Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) - An interactive digital archive of data on the arts and cultural policy in the U.S., available for research and statistical analysis, with data on artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, and funding for arts and culture.
deviantART - Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry/prose.
Essential Vermeer Glossary - Contains a number of art terms which may not be clear to all readers. Some of these terms are also discussed as they relate to Vermeer's art
eyestorm - Retailer for limited-edition artworks by contemporary artists and photographers. The company works closely with more than 120 artists, including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Helmut Newton and William Wegman. eyestorm has forged alliances with contemporary art gurus The Saatchi Gallery, and the highly respected photographic agency Magnum, enabling it to offer work by young British names like Dexter Dalwood, Jenny Saville and Gavin Turk as well as special editions from master documentary photographers such as Steve McCurry, Martin Parr and Dennis Stock.
Franklin Furnace - Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content.
Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP) - Many of our leaders would rather attack violence on television, sex on the Internet, or political dissent, than engage in thoughtful debate about America's underlying social problems. The purpose of the Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP) is to challenge this state of affairs by providing empirical research, policy analysis, and other useful resources on difficult censorship issues, and by seeking free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns.
French Sculpture Census of American Public Collections - Goal is to reach the widest audience possible: museum professionals, scholars, historians, collectors, dealers, and all those interested in French sculpture or wishing to know it better. Currently including approximately 7,300 sculptures, the Census is constantly growing. The ultimate number of works included will likely be between 15,000 and 20,000.
Frick Art Reference Library - New York, NY. The Library's book and photograph collections relate mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. Known internationally for its rich holdings of auction and exhibition catalogs, the Library is a leading site for collecting and provenance research. Archival materials and special collections augment the research collections with documents pertaining to the history of collecting art and of Henry Clay Frick's collecting in particular.
Frieze London - One of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The fair also presents a curated programme of talks, artists' commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with art and artists directly.
Frieze New York - An international contemporary art fair that launched in May 2012. Te fair includes hundreds of the world's leading galleries. The fair is located in Randall's Island Park, Manhattan.
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) - Works internationally to advance the field of conservation through scientific research, field projects, education and training, and the dissemination of information in various media.
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) - A structured vocabulary developed primarily for the field of art history. Geographic names from the thesaurus can be used to record the current location of the art object, its place of origin, the loci of activity of the artist, and the sites of the artist's birth and death. TGN contains nearly 1 million place names representing approximately 900,000 places.
Google Art Project - Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host their cultural treasures online.
Graffiti - Wikipedia article: Grafitti is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples going back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Graffiti can be anything from simple scratch marks to elaborate wall paintings. In modern times, spray paint and markers have become the most commonly used materials. In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner's consent is considered vandalism, which is punishable by law. Sometimes graffiti is employed to communicate social and political messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions. However, the public generally frowns upon "tags" that deface bus stops, trains, buildings, playgrounds and other public property. Also see:
Green-Art - A guide to artists concerned with ecology.
Grove Art Online - Scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes) the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries. Grove Art Online is maintained with a regular updating program. Three times per year, existing articles are updated with new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, corrections, and images.
Gulf Labor Artist Coalition - A coalition of international artists working to ensure that migrant worker rights are protected during the construction of museums on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
Heidelberg Project, The - A Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art..
Immunity from Judicial Seizure: Cultural Objects - The U.S. Department of State administers the Immunity from Judicial Seizure statute (22 U.S.C. 2459), which protects from seizure or other judicial process certain objects of cultural significance imported into the United States for temporary display or exhibition. The application requirements and background information regarding such immunity are provided here.
Internet Art Database, The (dArt) - An interactive venue allowing collectors to find art and artists from over 3,000 participating Web sites. Art enthusiasts can converse with others to critique or comment on a specific artist, or in many forums, converse with the artist directly. The intent is to create a communal marketplace for collectors, artists, and dealers.
IOnOnE - Guide to fine arts, exhibitions, museums and galleries, and art events and publisher of LIVE Magazine.
ISART - A collaborative intersection of activists and artists of all genres using their voices to build better communities.
Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System (JAANUS) - This dictionary contains approximately 8000 terms related to traditional Japanese architecture and gardens, painting, sculpture and art-historical iconography from approximately the 1st century A.D. to the end of the Edo period (1868). Terms from related fields such as lacquer, ceramics, textiles and metalwork have been included where they are considered to be of general interest and/or impact on the principal fields of architecture, painting and sculpture. These definitions are not translations from any one Japanese monolingual dictionary, but have been collated from a range of specialist sources and scholarly publications, and from direct observation and study. Many have never before been defined in English.
Jeu de Paume: Project for the Documentation of Wartime Cultural Losses - This project is dedicated to the historical reconstruction of the Nazis' seizure of Jewish cultural property in France. For four years, from 1940 to 1944, the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris became a notorious "concentration camp" for confiscated works of art. More than 22,000 objets d'art looted by the Nazis in France passed through its halls and repositories.
Limelight Agency - A full service artists agency offering global distribution, publishing and marketing for celebrity artists and the artists of celebrity.
Lost Arts - Records and catalogued all of the projects, events, initiatives, performances, organisations and companies that will be lost due to UK's cuts in public funding. Set up by eight unions whose members will be directly affected by such cuts: MU, Equity, BECTU, Writers Guild of Great Britain, National Union of Journalists (NUJ), UNITE, Prospect and PCS.
Max Stern Art Restitution Project - Max Stern's name is connected to a gallery, a curatorship, a sculpture garden, an international symposium, an archive, retrospective exhibitions and numerous endowments earmarked for scholarships, internships, exhibition programming, museum staffing, art acquisition and provenance research. This website is a resource and an example for government agencies, educational institutions, museums, collectors and members of the art trade who committed to resolving injustices caused by Nazi cultural policies.
Momart - Acknowledged authority on the handling of fine arts and antiquities. Momart personnel have handled the majority of all major exhibitions in the UK over the past twenty years.
Museum Security Network - Information about cultural property incidents, such as art theft, looting of art in wartime, fire, forgery etc.
MutualArt - Online art information service. Members may track categories of art - even individual artists - and receive new information on these from thousands of sources. They also receive advance notification of art events in the categories they choose - from exhibitions and lectures to opening parties and galas, to auctions offering works by their preferred artists. MutualArt.com includes the world's largest online archive of over 200,000 art related articles from over 250 quality magazines, newspapers and journals, and also provides a conduit for galleries, museums, auction houses, art fairs and publishers to reach their target audiences over a single, global platform.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. Also see Grants Search.
National Gallery of Art Library - Washington, D.C. A major national art research center serving the National Gallery of Art's staff, members of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, visiting scholars, and the scholarly community at large.
Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal (NEPIP) - Provides a searchable registry of objects in U.S. museum collections that were created before 1946 and changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933-1945).
New York City's Percent for Art - A law requiring one percent of NYC budget for eligible City-funded construction projects be spent on public artwork. Managed by the City's Department of Cultural Affairs, the Percent for Art program has commissioned hundreds of site-specific projects in variety of media-painting, new technologies, lighting, mosaic, glass, textiles, sculpture, and works that are integrated into infrastructure and architecture-by artists whose sensibilities reflect the diversity of New York City.
NUTUREart - A source of support and opportunity for talented visual artists who currently lack the resources to realize their potential and become full-time, self-supporting professionals.
Odalisque - An odalisque was a virgin female slave who could rise in status to be a concubine or a wife in Ottoman Seraglios. Most were part of the harem of the Turkish sultan. In Western culture during the 19th century, odalisques became common fantasy figures in the artistic movement known as Orientalism, being featured in many erotic paintings from that era.
Open Studio: The Arts Online - A national initiative that funds organizations to train the arts community to use the World Wide Web for gathering resources, sharing information, and building new audiences.
Prado in Google Earth - Now you can use Google Earth technology to navigate reproductions of the Prado's masterpieces, delving even deeper into the Prado's collection. In Google Earth, you can get close enough to examine a painter's brushstrokes or the craquelure on the varnish of a painting. The images of these works are about 14,000 million pixels, 1,400 times more detailled than the image a 10 megapixel digital camera would take. In addition, you'll be able to see a spectacular 3D reproduction of the museum.
Red List, The - With more than 100,000 images, 6,000 profiles and links, arranged into more than 600 sections and categories, the Red List organizes and concentrates the wealth of images to be found online. To manage the Internet's visual infinity, the Red List is organized by genres - photography, cinema, fine art, fashion, and so on - with lists inside each genre to guide image researchers.
Resource Library Magazine - Illustrated stories from over 500 educational institutions, associations, organizations and museums featuring representational American art. Additional resources include: Museums Index, Academies, Associations, Ateliers and Societies Index, Sources of News Articles Indexed by State within the U.S., Directory of Associations, Clubs, Institutes and other Art Organizations, Resources for Collectors, Methods and Sources of Appraisals, Authentication, Conservation, Artist Identification, and more.
Rhizome - Programs and services that support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art using new technologies in significant ways.
Root Division - Improves appreciation and access to the visual arts by cultivating an artistic ecosystem that connects individual creativity and community engagement. Since its founding in 2002 by three MFA graduates of the San Francisco Art Institute, Root Division has brought together artists, teachers, curators, local schools, audiences, individuals, and foundations, to achieve its mission.
Sister Wendy's American Collection - PBS series featuring the engaging art critic Sister Wendy Beckett exploring six of America's greatest museums: Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Each one-hour episode focuses on one of the featured museums, showcasing its treasures from around the world.
Slought - A Philadelphia-based non-profit organization that broadly encourages new futures for contemporary life through public programs with internationally renowned artists and theorists. 317 projects with 210 hours of recorded audio are accessible online and by download from this site.
Society of London Art Dealers - Founded in 1932 to promote and protect the good name and interests of the art trade, and to enhance public confidence in responsible fine art dealing. Its members, around 100, have a proven reputation in their field and have signed an undertaking to observe high standards of fair and honest dealing. Search for a dealer.
South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDDA) - Features a wide variety of materials such as excerpts of fiction, poetry and plays, manuscripts and writers' notes, art works, photographs, leaflets, programmes of events, stage and costume drawings of theatre and dance performances, lyrics, CD and record covers, and music scores representing the substantial body of work produced by South Asian writers, artists, performers and musicians in England from 1947 to the present.
Swissart - Up-to-date information and websites of artists, galleries, museums and exhibitions. Comprehensive Swiss exhibition calendar, extensive Swiss and international art links sections and full-text search machine.
U.S. Department of State: Art in Embassies (AIE) - A public-private partnership engaging over 20,000 participants globally, including artists, museums, galleries, universities, and private collectors, and encompasses over 200 venues in 189 countries. Professional curators and registrars create and ship about 60 exhibitions per year, and since 2000, over 58 permanent collections have been installed in the Department's diplomatic facilities throughout the world.
Visual Research Centre - A unique facility dedicated to practice-led research. It is part of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, the University of Dundee, and is home to research staff and doctoral students from the Schools of Design, Fine Art and Media Arts & Imaging.
Ways of Seeing - Ways of Seeing was a BBC television series consisting of visual essays that raise questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series gave rise to a later book of the same name written by John Berger. "It would be easy to say that Ways of Seeing is hopelessly dated - made in 1972, the films come across as a puritan-groovy mix of Monty Python, the Open University and the Look Around You spoofs. And yet what's so remarkable about this series is that it seems more apposite, subversive and thought-provoking than ever. The Britain we glimpse in the films, already alienated by spooky BBC Radiophonic Workshop music by Delia Derbyshire, is alienated even more by the passing of time. Alienated usefully, in the Brechtian sense; we look at a capitalist society which is like, and unlike, our own." Online at UbuWeb.
Web Gallery of Art - A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850), currently containing over 26.000 reproductions. Picture commentaries, artist biographies are available. Guided tours, period music, catalogue, free postcard and other services are provided.
Wild in Art - Working with host partners, artists, communities and schools together with public and private sector organisations, Wild in Art produces mass participation art events that animate cities and towns around the UK and beyond.
Words of Art - Definitions of terms of art used in art history, art criticism, and cultural studies.
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) - A New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract them.
World Monuments Fund (WMF) - Playing a leadership role in the rescue and preservation of imperiled works of art and architecture. WMF is the only private, nonprofit organization devoted to onsite conservation of monuments and sites worldwide. It has achieved an unmatched record of successful intervention; advancing 400 projects in eighty countries.
World Wide Arts Resources - Artists, museums, galleries, art history, arts education, antiques, performing arts ranging from dance to opera, classified ads, resume postings and more.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.