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Modern and Contemporary Art Resources


Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, New York: Hill and Wang, 1982.

Walter Benjamin, Illuminations, (ed.) Hannah Arendt, trans. Harry Zohn, London: Fontana, 1973.

Bruce Altshuler, The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the Twentieth Century, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

Perry Anderson, The Origins of Postmodernity, London: Verso, 1998.

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, Boston: Beacon Press, 1994.

Emma Barker (ed.), Contemporary Cultures of Display, London: Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999.

Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics, Dijon: Les Presse Du Réel, 1998.

Martha Buskirk, The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005.

Frances Colpitt (ed.), Abstract Art in the Late Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Claire Doherty, Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2004.

Editors of Phaidon Press, Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation, London and New York: Phaidon Press, 2009.

Steve Edwards & Paul Woods (eds.), Art of the Avant-Gardes (Art of the Twentieth Century), New Haven and London: Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 2004.

Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois & Benjamin Buchloh (eds.), Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, London: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

Hal Foster, The Return of the Real: The Avant-Garde at the End of the Century, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1996.

Francis Frascina & Jonathan Harris, Art in Modern Culture: An Anthology of Critical Texts, London: Phaidon in association with the Open University Press, 2009.

Francis Frascina & Charles Harrison (eds), Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology, London: Paul Chapman Publishing, Ltd., 1982.

London: Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 2003.

Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson and Sandy Nairne (eds.), Thinking About Exhibitions, London and New York: Routledge, 1996.

Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (eds.), Art in Theory 1990 - 1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Malden MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2003.

Charles Harrison, Paul Wood & Jason Giager (eds.), Art in Theory 1815-1900: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.

David Hopkins, After Modern Art 1945 – 2000, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Fredric Jameson, ‘Postmodernism in Consumer Society’, in Hal Foster (ed.), The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, NY: The New Press, 2002.

Rosalind Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1985.

Miwon Kwon, One Place After Another: Site-specific Art and Locational Identity, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2004.

Lucy Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialisation of the Art Object, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Jean Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.

Pam Meecham & Julie Sheldon, Modern Art: A Critical Introduction, London: Routledge, 2000.

Brian O’Doherty, Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Gill Perry (ed.), Themes in Contemporary Art, New Haven and London: Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 2004.

Jean Robertson & Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art After 1980, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Brandon Taylor, Contemporary Art: Art since 1970, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2004.

Dorothy Walker, Modern Art in Ireland, Dublin: Lilliput, 1997.

Linda Weintraub, Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society, 1970s – 1990s, Litchfield, CT: Art Insights Inc., 1997.

Linda Weintraub, Making Contemporary Art: How Today’s Artists Think and Work, Thames & Hudson, 2003.

Caroline Wiseman, Modern Art Now: From Conception to Consumption, Ipswich: Strawberry Art Press, 2006.

Paul Wood, Francis Frascina, Johathan Harris & Charles Harrison (eds.), Modernism in Dispute: Art since the Forties, New Haven & London: Yale University Press in Association with the Open University, 1994.

Paul Wood (ed.), Varieties of Modernism, New Haven and London: Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 2004.

Journals and Magazines

Journal of Media Art and Cultural Criticism

Art and Culture

Art and Research

Art Forum Magazine

Art Monthly

Art Newspaper

Art Papers

Art Review

Cabinet cultural magazine

Circa Art Magazine



Critical Inquiry


Film Ireland

Flash Art

Frieze Art Journal

The International Journal of Cultural Policy

Irish Arts Review

Journal of Arts and Communities

Journal of Visual Culture

Modern Painters


Printed Project

Third Text

The Visual Artists New Sheet

The Vacuum



Access Art
A resource for teachers and students.

Art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century
A television series focusing on contemporary visual art.

Internet encyclopedia on art and artists.

The Artists
Database of modern and contemporary artists.

Online resource for Contemporary Art.
An information resource for collaborative art practice for artists, theorists and art students.

Online service providing information about web resources for education and research.
The networking platform for information on European arts and culture.

Public Art

Platform providing online links relating to contemporary art.

Visual Artists Ireland

International Museums and Galleries

Art Institute of Chicago

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Centres Georges Pompidou, Paris

Dia Art Foundation, New York

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Maxxi, Rome

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mori Art Museum, Japan

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Reina Sofia, Madrid

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Saatchi Gallery, London

Serpentine Gallery, London

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tate Modern, London

Van Abbeemuseum, Eindhoven

Whitechapel Gallery, London

White Cube, London

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Witte de With, Rotterdam

Irish Museums and Galleries

Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast

Context Gallery, Derry

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

Cross Gallery, Dublin

Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

Draiocht, Dublin

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Fenton Gallery, Cork

Gallery of Photography, Dublin

Galway Arts Centre

Green On Red Gallery, Dublin

Hallward Gallery, Dublin

Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

Irish Museums Association

IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

Lewis Glucksman Gallery,Cork

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo

Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin

Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin

Project Arts Centre, Dublin

RHA The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin

Taylor Galleries, Dublin

Irish Biennials and Art Fairs

Documenta, Kasel

ev+a, Limerick

Freize Art Fair, London

Istanbul Biennial

Liverpool Biennial

Manifesta, European Biennale of Contemporary Art

Moscow Biennale

Bienal de São Paulo

Shanghai Biennale

Skulptur Projekte Münster

Venice Biennale

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