Educational Resources

In order to develop a significant and focused art collection, art collectors must continually seek out information and stay abreast of developments in the field.  Several resources are noted below to provide information for new as well as seasoned art collectors.


Many of the titles noted below are out-of-print.  However, used copies can be obtained through on-line book retail outlets.  Although the publication dates may not be current, the information presented is relevant for the optimum care of art objects.

Baca, M., & Visual Resources Association. (2006). Cataloging cultural objects: A guide to describing cultural works and their images. Chicago: American Library Association.

Badger, G. (2003). Collecting photography. London: Mitchell Beazley.

Ezratty, H. A. (1988). How to collect and protect works of art. Stevensville, Md: Omni Arts.

Shelley, M. (1987). The care and handling of art objects: Practices in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zigrosser, C., Gaehde, C. M., & Print Council of America. (1965). A guide to the collecting and care of original prints. New York: Crown Publishers.


Art + Auction Magazine

Monthly magazine highlights the global market trends and analysis for fine art, design and decorative arts.


Modern Painters

Monthly publication that offers news and profiles of top and emerging artists, the best of student art,  and detailed coverage of art fairs.


NKA Journal

Published by Duke University Press, NKA focuses on critical work that examines the newly developing field of contemporary African and African Diaspora art.



The Art Daily

Established in 1996, Art Daily calls itself  ”the first art newspaper on the net.”  The electronic newspaper provides information on artists, art events, and markets from around the world.


The Art Law Blog

Conversations about legal issues pertaining to fine art presented by John Silberman Associates.


Getty Vocabularies

The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials.


VRA Core

The VRA Core is a data standard for the description of works of visual culture as well as the images that document them.  The standard is now being hosted by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Visual Resources Association.



Based in Chicago, Ill., The Conservation Center hosts a blog which features thorough information for the care of art objects.

Contact your local fine art museum to get names of photographers in your local area who specialize in photographing art objects.