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ARTbibliographies Modern

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Full coverage begins in 1974 when the first volume was digitised, but entries date back to the late 1960s.

ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

ABM is used by students and researchers around the world to pinpoint publications and writings relevant to their area of study. Its extensive classification system and comprehensive abstracts make it an ideal source for information on artists, art movements, art history and theory, design, photography, and crafts.

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Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Art history
    • Art theory
    • Body art
    • Cartoons and caricatures
    • Computer art
    • Conservation and restoration
    • Costume
    • Crafts
    • Design
    • Ethnic and tribal art
    • Fibre arts
    • Folk art
    • Forgeries
    • Graffiti
    • Iconography
    • Interior decoration
    • Illustration
    • Jewellery
    • Museums and galleries
    • Music and art
    • Performance art
    • Philosophy and art
    • Photography
    • Pottery
    • Religion and art
    • Sculpture
    • Society and art
    • Symbolism
    • Textiles
    • Typography
    • Woodwork
Dates of Coverage
    1974 - current
Update Frequency
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
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Sample Record
    Gary Schneider: facing time
    Fairbrother, Trevor
    Art in America, pt. 2, Feb. 2005, pp. 112-115, 143, 6 illus. (4 colour) bibliog
    IS: ISSN
    SA: Subject/Artist
    Schneider, Gary; Hujar, Peter; Bloom, Hyman; Cameron, Julia Margaret; Photography: colour; Photography: nude; Photography: serial; Photography: South Africa; Iconography: AIDS; Homosexuality and Art; Iconography: human figure; human figure
    Discusses the work of the South African artist Gary Schneider (b.1954). The author comments on works such as Genetic Self-Portraits, details a recent portrait project with reference to works such as Ellen (2004; col. illus.), Terell (2004; col. illus.), and Jeanne (2004; col. illus.), and considers the influence of the American photographer Peter Hujar and compares his work to that by Julia Margaret Cameron. He comments on his response to the AIDS epidemic with reference to the exhibition From Desire: A Queer Diary (1991), highlights techniques used in his nude photographs, and relates his work to representations of the body by artists such as the painter Hyman Bloom.
    LA: Language
    PY:Publication Year
    PT:Publication Type
    Journal article
    AN:Accession Number
Browsable Indexes
    A browsable index is an alphabetical listing of terms used in a specific field of a database. You can browse this list to see, for example, the names of journals indexed in ARTbibliographies Modern. Browsable Indexes are available for the following fields:

    Journal Name
    Publication Type
Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code.

    AB = Abstract OG = Organizer
    AN = Accession Number PB = Publisher
    AU = Author PT = Publication Type
    DE = Descriptor PY = Publication Year
    GA = Gallery SA = Subject/Artist
    IB = ISBN SL = Summary Language
    IS = ISSN SO = Source
    JN = Journal NameSP = Sponsor
    KW = KeywordTI = Title
    LA = Language UD = Update
    NT = Notes

    Keyword, KW=
    A keyword search searches the Title, Abstract, and Subject/Artist fields.

    Language, LA= and Summary Language, SL=
    Currently, only a small percentage of records contain these fields, therefore it is recommended that you do not search these fields.

    Publication Type, PT=
    Identifies the general type of document. The publication types are as follows:

    Journal article
    Exhibition review

    To search publication type, use the Browsable Index or enter the unique word(s), e.g.:
    pt=(journal article)
    pt=catalog and ga=(south african national gallery)

    Subject/Artist, SA=
    The Subject/Artist field is used to describe the content of a document (artist and place/exhibition names) in a controlled manner. CSA Illumina offers you a searchable index (Search Tools > Indexes) for artist names to aid your search and allow for comprehensive results.

    To search Subject/Artist, enter the unique word(s), e.g.:
    sa=Venice: 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007
    sa=Tracey Emin