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Fine Art Index: A Compendium of Contemporary Art and Artists

Fine Art Index: A Compendium of Contemporary Art and Artists

by International Art Reference Staf

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This is the first edition of a well-organized, lavish survey that may become an annual. The editors have spared no expense in gathering together information sometimes found in other sources such as art magazines, newspaper listings, gallery guides, and the out-of-date Locus and then added time-sensitive features and cross-referencing. Tabbed into sections, the book categorizes art into convenient types, including paintings, installations, sculpture, and photography. Each of these sections contains laser color-separated reproductions alphabetically by artist, essentially showcasing recent examples of their work which is described in dimension and material, their gallery affiliation, and their recent and upcoming shows. No critical evaluations are attempted. Some artists are lesser known, and the coverage is thin and spotty in places. Another tabbed section contains a month-by-month illustrated calendar projecting the 1992 art season including some significant auctions. There are also cross-referenced sections providing a gallery roster by state and city, gallery schedules in a timeline format by state and city, maps of several major art cities, a business services section, and a dictionary-style artists' biography section containing, in some cases, more than run-of-the-mill statistics. Add to this array an ``indexes'' section in two parts, alphabetically by gallery and artist. The artist index functions as a locator, matching artists and artists' estates to galleries where their work is for sale. In this section, readers find a more comprehensive international listing of artists, but only those whose works are showcased are provided biographies. Overall, this book presents art as a commodity and seems to reflect the current fashions for those seeking and supplying fine art. The publishers are planning European and Asian editions in the near future. For maximum use, give priority cataloging. Students, collectors, dealers, and so forth may consult it for what's hot, and librarians should purchase accordingly.-- Ellen Bates, New York

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International Art Reference
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