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Want to learn more about your treasures? Bring photos of your object to learn how the Spencer Art Reference Library staff can help you unlock your artworks’ past using specialized resources from the ...

Want to learn more about your treasures? Bring photos of your object to learn how the Spencer Art Reference Library staff can help you unlock your artworks’ past using specialized resources from the library and a research strategy to help you get started. Sorry, no appraisals.

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Explore the hidden life of your objects Explore the hidden life of your objects Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to Research Clinic – Paintings and Prints Presented by Spencer Art Reference Library Staff Marilyn Carbonell, Head Library Services Amelia Nelson, Public Service Librarian Tracey Boswell, Reference & Cataloging Librarian Roberta Wagener, Library Assistant for Reference Lihui Xiong, Library Cataloging Assistant for Asian Languages
  • Research Clinic Program • Designing a Research Strategy • Types of resources • Researching your object – examples – Paintings – Prints – Japanese Prints • Explore the Hidden Life of your Object in the Spencer Art Reference Library
  • Making Connections – Artist – Signature – Date – Title – Material – Measurements – Subject – Any history that you know about your work of art Night Scene, 1981-1982 Neil Welliver , American , 1929-2005 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Research Strategy General Resources Books & More Articles and More What else is out there?
  • General Resources Types of Information • Contextual • Biographical • Exhibitions • Bibliography • Style & Signature – Encyclopedias • Oxford Art Online • Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History – Indexes and Biographical Dictionaries • Benezit Dictionary of Artists • Jacobsen's Biographical Index of American Artists • Index to Artistic Biography • Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists The Duck Pond, ca. 1888-1893 Theodore Robinson, American , 1852-1896 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Books & More LibraryOneSearch.nelson-atkins.org • Surveys • Collection Handbooks • Exhibition Catalogs • Biographies • Artist Monographs – Specific exhibition – Series of work – Overview – Highlights • Catalogues Raisonnés – Comprehensive • Correspondences, diaries, letters, writings
  • Articles and More LibraryOneSearch.nelson-atkins.org • Journal Articles – Interviews – Biographical information – New theories and findings – Exhibition reviews • Newspapers – Obituaries • Art Sales
  • What else is out there? • Museum collections • Newspapers • Public libraries • Special Collections • Historical Societies • Archives • Google & Google Scholar
  • Paintings – Getting Started Landscape George Van Millet When photographing your artwork – Artist – Signature – Date – Title – Material – Measurements – Any history that you know about your work of art
  • Paintings – General Resources Learning about your artist • Jacobsen’s Biographical Index of American Artists - information, painter, Kansas City, Mo, education, awards, status and listing of several sold works with prices. Call No. Reading Room N6536 .J326 2002 • Falk Who Was Who in American Art - information, brief description of his work and the sources of the information Call No. N6512 .F265 1999 State or Regional Books • Gerdts, William H. Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting 1710-1920. [Missouri section in volume 3 p. 29-65] Call No. Reading Room ND212.5 .R43 G47 1990
  • Paintings – Books & More
  • Paintings – Articles & More Spencer Collection Articles Specialized databases were you can search for articles from thousands of art and design journal Find Database Quickly link to articles, museum websites, historical newspapers, art sale and more
  • What else is out there? Museums Newspapers Public libraries Special Collections Archives Google
  • Prints Prayer Meeting, 1949 Thomas Hart Benton, American, 1889-1975
  • Prints – General Resources Learning about your artist • Benezit, Dictionary of Artists. Entry on Benton with signature example, bibliography and art sales v. 2, pg. 185-187. • Falk, Who Was Who in American Art. Entry on Benton with signature example, v. 1, pg. 287. For well-known artists, consulting a biography about them is a good source of general information: • Benton, Thomas Art. An Artist in America. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1983. (ND 237 .B47 A3 1983 BENTON) You can also find major exhibition catalogs as well: • Adams, Henry. Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original. Kansas City: Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art, 1989.
  • Prints – Books & More Catalogue Raisonné: • Fath, Creekmore. The Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1979. Using the online catalog, there also are four other titles that cover Benton’s lithographs:
  • Prints – Articles & More • Using the Spencer Collection Article Search, I found articles on Benton’s Lithographs: Searching for online articles & more
  • Prints – Art Sales Using the art sales databases and auction catalogs, you can find price information.
  • Prints-Art Sales
  • What else is out there? •Artists’ Files Our library has four folders with information on Thomas Hart Benton in our collections •Newspapers You can find an obituary and other information on Benton at our library in the historical New York Times database •Museums •Public libraries •Special Collections •Archives •Google
  • Japanese Prints Ukiyo-e (1600-1900): Pictures of the floating world Developed in the city of Edo (now Tokyo) Subject includes • popular actors • Beautiful women • Famous warriors • Stoning landscapes • Non-realism Shunga (Erotic prints)
  • Japanese or Chinese Prints Based on a character in the Chinese Ming Dynasty novel Water Margin Title : Warrior Huarong shooting geese
  • Researching – digital image search • Find a comparison image • museum collections • library books • and internet image search such as http://www.tineye.com • http://ukiyo-e.org/ • Google image - http://images.google.com/imghp? hl=en
  • Japanese Prints • Take a look at the back of the print to find: Ink bleed-through -- reverse side where most of the colors and outlines of the scene can be distinguished
  • Japanese Prints- woodblock or modern • Use magnifying glass to view: • Woodblock prints will show paper fibers on unprinted areas • Photographic copies will show tiny dots over all the surface
  • symbolism title artist name
  • Questions?
  • 28 Need more? Spencer Art Reference Library Contact: Reference Desk, 816.751.1216 Marilyn Carbonell, Head, Library Services Amelia Nelson, Librarian, Public Services Tracey Boswell, Catalog/Reference Librarian Lihui Xiong, Library Cataloging Assistant for Asian Languages Roberta Wagener, Assistant, Public Services Follow us on Facebook at Spencer Art Reference Library Next stop … Spencer Art Reference Library Where we’ll help you use these resources to learn about your object!