Online Video Interviews
When searching for an artist's name in the University Libraries catalog:
SUBJECT searches will reveal books which focus on a single artist and their work (monographs).
AUTHOR searches will reveal exhibition catalogs on artists' shows.
KEYWORD searches for subjects, nationality, art movements or mediums that relate to this artist will reveal books which may be helpful. The artist's name may not appear in the catalog, but the artist may appear within a more general work.
Living, or contemporary, artists may have very little about them published in academic journals and books. Information on the free web will likely be your best avenue for starting research about an artist.
An artist's website is a primary source about the artist. It is a first-hand account from the artist.
If you find contact information such as an email address, use it. Artists are people too who enjoy it when other people are interested in their work. Artists are also professionls, so correspond with them in a professional, organized and considerate manner.
Galleries that show or represent certain artists usually have information about the artist online.
Galleries often have an archive of material not posted on the web. Contact the gallery about additional materials they may have about the artist. Remember to correspond with them in a professional, organized and considerate manner.
Museums that own works by an artist or have exhibited work by the artist usually have information online about that artist. Museum libraries collect information specifically about their objects. Museums often have archives which contain primary source documents about artists. Remember to correspond with the librarian or archivist in a professional, organized, considerate manner.
Look for these items when researching online. Be prepared to dig for it.
If you discover your living artist has been active for awhile and/or has exhibited extensively, consider the additional resources listed below.