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ART 1A: Visual Literacy (Taschian, Spring 2024): Dictionaries


  • Artwords: A Glossary of Contemporary Art Theory
    • Reference N71.P32 1997
  • Artspeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present 
    • Reference  N6490.A87 1997
  • Critical Terms for Art History 
    • Reference N34.C75 2003
  • Photospeak 
    • Reference TR15.M63 1998
    • Useful for definitions (and key bibliography) of avant-garde movements.
  • Artists' and Illustrators' Encyclopedia
    • Reference N33.Q5 1977
  • A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques
    •  Reference N33.M36

These dictionaries focus on the materials and methods of traditional artistic media more than other historically and biographically oriented dictionaries. See also the Getty "Looking at" series, a more basic set of dictionaries by medium.