Use this guide to get started with your research for Arte contemporáneo latinoamericano!
Before you begin analyzing your piece, consider looking for additional images of the work. Viewing a work of art in text can be limiting, because its size, scope, and details cannot be easily ascertained. Locating additional images can provide you with different angles or details to consider in your analysis. Digital images can be found through library resources like ArtStor and Oxford Art Online, via the artist's website (if available), or an open web search. Always read the small print to confirm that you can use this material for your project!
Exhibition catalogs can be valuable resources for learning more about a particular artist and their work. These collections often include a mixture of primary and secondary sources such as: Artists' statements; Essays about the artists' work; Artists' biographies including exhibition and award history; Images of the artists' work.
For less well known artists, these catalogues may be one of the few sources of information available about their work.
How to Find:
In your exhibit, you will offer short reflections of representative works of your chosen artist. In this sense, your primary sources are the artworks on which you choose to anchor your analysis. When viewing the work, ask yourself the the following questions. Seek out high-quality images of the work in question - including pictures of the entire piece, close-ups of important details, the label for the work, etc. - so you can refer to them later.
As you view a work of art, ask yourself these questions:
For information about formal analysis, see The Art of Writing about Art and A Short Guide to Writing about Art (also ebook version available).