Artists’ Biographies

pencil.jpg We have been notified of a new free web site that provides extensive biographical information on contemporary artists – Artists’ Gallery – brought out by the publishers of Who’s Who in American Art which the Library receives. This got us to thinking about other free sites which may provide a similar service. So here goes: Crossing the Threshold highlights”… thirty-two women artists, ranging in age from 70 to 95 years, who have persevered throughout the twentieth century….”; Women Photographers; They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II; Women Artists in Canada; Clara Database of Women Artists, containing information on over 18,000 individuals; Artists in the American Imagist Collection, featuring artists from the Golden Age of American Illustration, 1870-1965; Masters of American Comics; the Artist Index from the WebMuseum, Paris; Women Come to the Front, dealing with journalists, photographers, and broadcasters during WWII; Women Artists of the American West: Past and Present; the Artcyclopedia section on over 8700 artists;  biography.com‘s artist search; and lastly,  the Getty Union List of Artist Names Online, providing standardized name entries for over 200,000 artists along with brief but important biographical entries. These sites, in concert with the Library’s subscription database Grove Art Online , will give the researcher ample information. Before we leave this electronic dispatch, we have to point out a tangential site which we found in our meanderings, the wonderful Prints and Photographs Online Catalog(PPOC) from the Library of Congress. You have access to sixty-one collections, many of them fully digitized, comprising hundreds of thousands of images from baseball cards to British satirical prints. Well worth a look.

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