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Contemporary Art

American Decades

Changes and challenges unique to each 10-year period in 20th Century America from 1900-2009. Each volume begins with a chronology of world events to provide a context for the American experience, then explores American life during the decade from 12 separate perspectives including the Arts.

Art Browsery

Look. Learn. Create.
Visit the Art Browsery on the 4th floor of Cabell Library to see a selection of new visually rich books available for checkout.

Browsing Contemporary Art Books

Try browsing the N500's to N6000's in

​Reference (1st floor)
General Collection (3rd floor) &
Oversized section (4th floor)

This area includes:

  • Major biennial/triennial exhibition catalogs
  • e.g. Whitney Biennial, Documenta, Venice Biennial (Biennale di Venezia), Carnegie International…
  • Contemporary or modern art history surveys
  • Subject-specific surveys
  • Selected major gallery or museum catalogs

Featured Contemporary Art Books

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How to Find Ebooks

To find ebooks in VCU Libraries collections:

  1. Go to the homepage of the library website,
  2. Type your search into the yellow bar and click Search.

  3. On the right-hand side of your results page, filter by Material Type (Books) and Show Only (Access Online). 
    You may also want to filter by Publication Date.

  4. View ebooks available to you through VCU Libraries across various platforms. 

Google Books

                            Use Google Books to browse for relevant books, then search by title in VCU LIbraries to see if we have them in our collection. If not, request them via Inter-Library Loan.

Google Book Search