Library Subject Guides

Art: Contemporary art books

Contemporary art survey books & catalogues

This page lists contemporary art 'survey' books and exhibition catalogues that typically feature many artists.

For the purposes of what to include here, the contemporary period is taken to coincide largely with the 21st century. However some books covering late 20th century contemporary art are included.

While most titles are in the Central Library, some NZ books are in the Macmillan Brown Library only. To find other resources on contemporary art, see search examples below.

Finding more books

More contemporary art books and exhibition catalogues can be found by searching the Library catalogue Subject Keywords index for subjects such as:

Use Title Keywords for these searches (or Keywords to get more results):

Search for an individual artist by entering the name in the Keywords index.

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Searching databases

To search for journal articles etc. on contemporary art or an artist, use one of the art databases:

Browsing journals

You can browse recent issues of journals that cover contemporary art, such as the journal titles below.

Journal issues or volumes may be borrowed, for the normal issue period for undergraduates (up to 5 items) and postgraduates (up to 50).