Exhibition Catalogs are records of art exhibitions. Catalogs contain a list of works shown, including piece title, artist, and date created. Often, they will also include images, biographical information about the artist(s), scholarly essays, and analysis of the works. Exhibition Catalogs are very useful when researching a contemporary artist, because that is usually the only scholarly analysis that exists. See the Contemporary Artists Index on the "Researching an Artist" tab for help finding catologs.
A Catalogue Raisonné is a comprehensive catalogue of artworks by a certain artists. Often, these books will also feature biographical information on the artist, analysis of works, and images. Raisonnés of popular and significant artists are kept in our reference section.
To identify scholarly books, check for:
Museum catalogs are an especially helpful scholarly source.