Topics in American Art

with content focusing on representational art

 

How to research topics not listed (and gain insight into interconnectivity of disparate facts)

For researchers wishing to study American art history from perspectives beyond those presented as topics, e.g. ethnic orientations as described in Ethnic Ancestry, Culture and Influences in American Art, the TFAO Free Online Digital Library contains thousands of texts and catalogues with external resources related to a plethora of subjects. An easy way to identify specific facts and interconnectivity of disparate facts is via keyword search.

Conduct keyword searches within TFAO's Resource Library and other parts of TFAO's website using the advanced search feature of these search engines:

After entering keywords, select tfaoi.com or tfaoi.org as the sole domain to be searched.

Since TFAO's website contains a through collection of content focusing on American representational art within a single domain, keyword searches within it can produce amazing results.

 

Examples using advanced search options provided by Google solely within the domain tfaoi.com

 
In April, 2015 you sought to study California Impressionists. Using the option "all these words" with the keywords California Impressionists, the search would have retrieved 443 pages referencing California and Impressionists on the same page. Using the option "this exact word or phrase," the phrase California Impressionists would have retrieved 97 pages.
 
You want to find comments of people in relation to a topic. For instance, to find out the relationship of the word said with the topic African American Art, using the option "all these words" with the words said African American, an April, 2015 search would have retrieved 237 pages containing the three words.
 
Authors writing on the topic WPA art are of interest to you. Using the option "all these words" with the words author WPA, an April, 2015 search would have retrieved 119 pages containing the two words.
 
Perhaps boxing paintings by the artist George Bellows are of interest. Using the option "all these words" with the words George Bellows boxing, an April, 2015 search would have retrieved 182 pages containing the three words.
 
You want to learn about the artist Robert Indiana. Using the option "this exact phrase" with the words Robert Indiana, an April, 2015 search would have retrieved 48 pages containing the two words.
 
You are romantic at heart and and want to learn about the topic in relation to artists and the state of Texas. Using the option "all these words" with the words romance artist Texas, an April, 2015 search would have cited 615 pages containing the three words.
 
You seek information on David B. Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. Using the option "all these words" with the words David Dearinger, an April, 2015 search would have retrieved 60 pages containing the two words.
 

Museums with local focus

Since American art museums often focus on local art history, an index to assist in identification of articles and essays with a regional focus is useful. See Resource Library's Sources of Articles and Essays Indexed by State within the United States for a handy guide.

 

Researching individual artists

Determining that one particular topic is the best location for an article or essay devoted to an artist is a subjective exercise. During a lifetime, an artist may produce significant work on several topics. Experts argue about whether the artist's earlier, mid-career or later work -- or devotion to one particular subject over another -- is the most significant. Resource Library articles and essays devoted exclusively to individual artists known for their devotion to a topic included in this catalogue may, for various reasons, not be listed within a topic. If they are deceased artists, a proven way to access biographical information is TFAO's America's Distinguished Artists, a catalogue companion to Topics in American Art.

 

More on conducting research

We welcome researchers to read TFAO's General Resources page, with information on evaluating Web pages, plagiarism, copyright abuse and more. The page Accuracy and trustworthiness from America's Distinguished Artists may also be useful. Also see the Indexes and information retrieval page of TFAO's Resource Library.

 

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