About Art Resources

The mission of our Library and Learning Resource Center is to provide the support for all aspects of teaching and learning at the American Academy of Art.  This will be accomplished by combining current instructional techniques, a qualified, professional librarian, and appropriate library resources for all students and faculty.
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The Best Oil Painters in History

The oil painting medium has been a staple in the art world for centuries.
Though it is a common technique, a select few artists have become known for their masterful oil paintings. Here are some of the most renowned oil painting artists in history.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a famous artist who used oil to create stunning works of art. Perhaps his most famous oil painting is the Mona Lisa. This one painting has been the subject of wide debate in academic and art history circles for centuries, and the public, in general, has been intrigued by this work done in oils. The Last Supper is another famous oil painting by da Vinci, as are The Adoration of the Magi, Virgin of the Rocks, and The Virgin and Child with St. Anne.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s life is as storied as his art, and he was one of the masters of oil painting. He created many well known still life paintings, landscapes, and portraits as well as one of the most recognized pieces of art in the world: The Starry Night. It was completed in 1889, after Vincent van Gogh’s stay in an asylum following the infamous event in which he self-mutilated his own ear. The Starry Night is considered to be one of van Gogh’s finest pieces and is a stand out of the post-Impressionist era.

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The Life and Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most famous American female artists of the American modernism movement. She was born in Wisconsin in 1887 and lived to the age of 98. After spending her early years in Wisconsin, she moved to Virginia with her family.

After studying in Chicago, she eventually moved to New York, where she lived until she moved to New Mexico in 1949 after settling the affairs of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, who passed away in 1946. During much of the time she lived in New York she spent summers in New Mexico painting.

Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her larger-than-life paintings of flowers, although she also painted bones, landscapes and the buildings of New York. Her abstract imagery of the 1910s and early 1920s is among the most innovative of any work produced in the period by American artists.

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Librarians – Archivists

Throughout recorded history, humanity has had a strong instinct to preserve its culture. That instinct continues to grow. Archivists are the professionals that preserve our world’s identity. Their job is to ensure history is recorded and available for future generations.

The primary job of the archivist is to determine the best method of preserving and storing artifacts. These artifacts can be anything from a locket of hair to a famous painting. Archivists preserve and record various kinds of artifacts that are of irreplaceable value. Archivists may work in traditional library settings, but others may experience more exotic settings, including museums and archaeological sites.
Archivists have an obligation to meet as professionals. The American Institute for Conservation has established professional guidelines and standards for archivists. As technology continues to change, so do the guidelines.
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What does the Academic Librarian do?

Academic librarians work in 2-year and 4-year college libraries as well as in university libraries. Large university libraries are designated as “research libraries” if the facility meets criteria set forth by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Academic librarians are an essential component in the culture of higher education.

College and university libraries run the gamut from small to large, old-fashioned to high-tech, largely dependent upon the size and make-up of the campus and the commitment to funding shown by the institution’s administration. Many campuses, particularly at universities, provide multiple libraries to serve academic community.
On some campuses, academic librarians are appointed faculty and are able to secure tenure; as faculty members, there is an expectation to pursue further formal education, to do research and to publish. At other campuses, librarians are unionized. Whatever the venue, academic librarians usually work side-by-side with paraprofessionals and student workers.
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Label Conscious

Fake Klines still selling on the open market?

No less than 9 signed Franz Klines that have traded over the past five years at major auction houses (including Christie’s London & New York, Koller in Zurich, and Tajan in Pari) could be fakes. All are untitled ink-on-paper works from the early 1950s, and all have identical block-letter Kline signatures. On the reverse of each is a label from the Grace Borgenicht Gallery, at 1018 Madison Avenue, in New York.

That provenance is suspect, according to William Mac Chambers, a New York private dealer who was a Borgenicht employee for 23 years. “The label is not our label,” he states. “It’s a fake label.” Chambers will not provide a facsimile of the genuine article, explaining that that would make further forgeries easier. He notes, however, that the size and typeface of the ones on the Klines are incorrect. In any case, a former colleague of his recently examined the gallery’s sold-works archive and no Klines were recorded during its existence, from 1951 to 1995 (Grace Borgenicht died in 2001).

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Course Art History- First Critique Assignment

The first short critique is due at the beginning of class week 4. The content of the assignment and some suggested questions are listed below. The school accepts both students with a high school and GED diploma. We refer to BestGEDClasses.org’s online GED prep classes if applicants still need to acquire a secondary education degree. This assignment should be formatted as a formal paper; a list of questions and answers will not be accepted.

-> Choose an artifact from a local museum collection (i.e. the Art Institute, the Oriental Institute, etc.). Students must visit the museum of their choice, and should not base their analysis on images from a web page.

-> Write a 2 + page critique discussing the object. Things you should consider when you are analyzing the object:

1. How is the object made? What materials are used? If the object is colored, what colors or pigments are used?
2. What basic size and shape does it have?
3. What distinguishing features does the object have?
4. Where was the object found? What else was found with it?

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Art School Scholarships

The art field is usually not considered to be a lucrative profession. In any case, it is tougher to find a strong footing in the world of art than it is in other branches of learning. However, in the present day, the scope for arts has opened up immensely and several new kinds of artistic courses have been initiated. Take also a look at this video with artwork of the AAA Graduating class of 2015:

Besides traditional arts such as dance, music, theater, and writing, there are other artistic fields such as pottery, culinary arts and many others which are in vogue today. The only roadblock for these courses is their cost. They tend to be very expensive. This does not mean that you should forfeit your art education. You can apply for an art scholarship and enjoy your art career.
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American Academy of Art Irving Shapiro Library

The American Academy of Art’s Library is named for Irving Shapiro (1927-1994). Irving was a Chicago native who studied painting at Chicago’s Art Institute and later at the American Academy of Art (AAA). Irving Shapiro was teaching art at the AAA from 1945 until the day he retired. Watercolor was his world and quite a few artists that work in watercolor these days refer to Shapiro as possibly the most influential of all their teachers.

One of the typical characteristics of watercolor is its transparency. Watercolor is consisting of thin mixtures of paint pigments from a solid block or a tube that are suspended in water, and when the painter’s brush is laying down the paint, the colors spread rapidly which leaves transparent layers of color on the often wet paper. Watercolor paintings are actually built in controlled wash areas.
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Think Twice Before Buying

More than ever, the seemingly sexy world of art crime is basking in the spotlight. In the last few months alone, a new program in Italy promoted itself as the world’s first devoted exclusively to international art crime studies, an ARTnews investigation concluded there is more fake than real modern Russian art on the market, the New York Times looked into the ongoing problem of art authenticity in Vietnam, and a recent lawsuit filed in Oakland County, Michigan, formally accused Park West Gallery of selling fakes to unsuspecting customers on a cruise ship last year.

While these examples illustrate the rising recognition of unscrupulous behavior by the perpetrators, they also raise a question: Why is an individual of means, often extraordinarily savvy in his or her other financial dealings, so very vulnerable when it comes to the acquisition of pieces of art? What is it about art that causes buyers to take such leaps of faith, often only to discover that simple research could have easily uncovered any snags or malfeasance?
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