Art fairs, book fairs, art book fairs, the Lambeth Country Fair, who doesn’t like a good fair? From spectacular events attracting the general public, to smaller, specialist or professional events, international or local, fairs are in vogue and significant from both economic and cultural perspectives. Very firmly positioned in the commercial world, many art fairs […]

This first column of 2013 is dedicated to RDA and cataloguing resources, as the British Library, the Library of Congress, Library & Archives Canada, the National Library of Australia and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, among others, prepare to implement this new standard by 31 March. This historical development will not only have a major impact on cataloguers […]

The next issue of the Art Libraries Journal (vol.38, no.1, p.27-31) will include a timely article by Holly Callaghan focusing on an aspect of digital curation that has been discussed in this column before: “Electronic ephemera: collection, storage and access in Tate Library”. Based on the report of a research secondment that took place in […]

A standard art reference publication, providing a systematic list of the totality of an artist’s work, or that in a given medium or period, the catalogue raisonné traces its origins to the 18th century. Essential as a scholarly tool for academic researchers, it is also a source of authoritative provenance and authentication information for dealers […]

The popularisation of institutional repositories in recent years is transforming access to born-digital theses, also known as e-theses or even ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations), with many universities archiving online their complete output, or a large proportion of it. This material is not always available to all in full text, but it seems that open […]

Continuing the proud research-lite spirit of this column, a recent trip serves as a prompt to explore some useful online art resources relating to New York City. Challenged but still firmly at the centre of the global art market with more than 600 commercial galleries, and numerous fairs and auction houses, it is also home […]

Copyright legislation may sometimes seem unappealing if not downright boring. This certainly does not apply to the ongoing court case involving the American artist Richard Prince (Cariou v. Prince), reported in numerous newspapers (and law journals) in both sides of the Atlantic. This copyright trial offers a fascinating close-up view of current ‘fair use’ (the […]