An Index-DIctionary of Chinese Artists and Collectors, Connoisseurs... . 
Art Ref., N 7348.S48 1988
- 5,000+ artists; arranged by artist (not dynasty)
- T'ang Dynasty to mid-20th c.
- Index to alternate and additional names

Modern Chinese Artists: A Biographical Dictionary Art Ref. N7348 .S85 2006
1,380 artists both well-known in China and represented in museums, collections and auctions worldwide.  OBIS record
Art Full Text (1984 - present);  Art Index Retrospective (1929 - 1984)
-  Articles from 350 art magazines & journals
-  Pre-history to contemporary art worldwide
- Indexes the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin
- English language articles re: East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide
- All subjects; particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences
- Very broad subject headings can make searching a challenge

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Only 10% of records have abstracts
Limit to Asian Studies or Archaeology (for ancient topics) or Art and Art History
Fact checking: Dates, Names, Places
Union List of Artists' Names (ULAN)  - For alternate names and spellings
Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) - For place names and their variants
Timeline of Art History - Includes images

See also the East Asian visual reference collection, across from the long grey couch in the Art Library.
- Broad coverage of art from China and Japan
China Art Book
Art Ref. N7345.6 .C47 2007 
"The 80 most renowned Chinese artists"  
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Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings.
Art Ref. ND 1042 .C49 1982 v.1-5 (1st series); ND 1042 .C484 1998 v.1&2 (2nd series) 
Reproductions of Chinese paintings in collections worldwide
OBIS Record
Index of Early Chinese Painters and Paintings: Tang, Sung, and Yuan
Art Ref. ND1043.3.C3 
- All known paintings 
- No wall paintings or archaeological objects
- Brief artist biographies
OBIS Record

Masterworks of Chinese Art. Cleveland Museum of Art
Art Library N7262 .C59 1998 c.1-2
- A collection known as "one of the most distinguished in the West, representing the highest level of Chinese artistic accomplishment." 

OBIS record

OMuRAA (Online Museum Resources on Asian Art)

- Easy access to the "wealth of visual materials"  available on museum and educational institution web sites
- Catalogs resources i
n "student-friendly" ways
- Includes collections databases, digital image libraries, archived websites of special exhibitions, online presentations of focused collections, and websites for teaching with and about art                        [from the website]
Library Catalogs
- One of the most comprehensive catalogs of modern Asian art 
- 20th and 21st century art 
- China, Taiwan and Macao
Library Catalog, Ingalls Library, Cleveland Museum of Art
- Strong collection in East Asian Art
- Non-circulating
- One of the finest Asian libraries in the United States    
- All books acquired after 1987; ca. 1/3 acquired before1987
WorldCat - Books, etc., in (primarily) North American libraries
Background & context sources
Art and Architecture of China
Art Lib., N 7340 .S46 1992 c.1-2 
Do not confuse with the ebook Art and architecture of China: the history and culture of China (2006) by Sheila Hollihan-Elliot
Art in China
Art Lib., N7340 .C59 1997 c.1-2 
Concise history; timeline, bibliographic essay
OBIS record
Arts of China 
Art Lib., N7340 .S92 1999 c.1-5 
This is one of the standard introductory texts for the study of Chinese art. Organized by period from before the Shang dynasty, this fourth edition was revised and expanded to include updated archeological findings and information on twentieth century artists and works. Many useful maps and illustrations are provided throughout, in addition to a bibliography for further reading. 
OBIS record
Arts of China 900-1620
Art Lib., N7343 .W382 2000 c.1-2 
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British Museum Book of Chinese Art
Art Lib., N7342.B75 1992 
Overview; Includes chronologies, list of sites, painters and glossaries
OBIS record
China, 5000 Years: Innovation and Transformation in the Arts
Art Lib. Oversize N7342 .C525 1998 
Exhibition catalog and website
OBIS record
Chinese Painting 
Art Lib., ND1043.C28 1985 c.1-4 
Survey of paintings and artists; Han dynasty (206 B.C.-221 A.D.) through Ching Dynasty (1644-1911)
OBIS record
Understanding Far Eastern Art: A Complete Guide to the Arts of China Japan and Korea: Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Prints, Lacquer, Textiles and Metalwork
Art Lib., N7337.H97 1987 
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Primary Sources
 Asia Art Archive: Collection Online
Asian Art Archive, Hong Kong
- Growing digital archive of primary source material culled by individual practitioners and researchers in cities across Asia.

China: Culture and Society (1750-1929) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Rare pamphlets, mostly in English, on a wide variety of topics including the Chinese diaspora, foreign relations, missionaries, philosophy, art and literature and more.  
The Chinese Theory of Art; Translations from the Masters of Chinese Art.
Art Lib. 709.51 L63C; OBIS record
- Writings by artists and art critics on problems, techniques, style, and taste
- Square brackets [ ] indicate translators' comments
Contemporary Chinese art: primary documents.  Wu Hung (ed.)
Art Lib. Closed Reserve N7345 .C666 2010 (2 copies); OBIS record
- Anthology of key primary texts translated into English
- Chinese art in the post-Mao era (1976-2006)
Early Chinese Texts on Painting.
Art Library ND 1500 .E25 1985; OBIS record
- Translated texts to the 14thc. 
- Arranged by topic
Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990.
Asia Art Archive.  (launched Oct 2010) 
- Website rich with primary sources which extend beyond the 1980s
Searching Chinese language web sites
- Go to
- Search for your book or topic
   Example: "liu bolin" "hiding in the city"
- When search results come up, click on Search Tools > All Results >Translated foreign pages
- Your search will be translated into Chinese and "translated" (from Chinese) pages will appear as links
-- Some of the translations are a little "clunky" but they do provide additional material
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