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Research Guides@Tufts

Artists' Writings: Finding Writing by Artists

Search for Books

Keyword Search Terms

Try these keyword search terms in Jumbo Search. To see books only, limit your results to "Books" under the "Resource Type" menu in the left-hand column. 

Using an asterisk (*) after your terms will include more results. For example, a search for artist* will return artist, artists, artist's, etc.

  • artist* writing*
  • art* manifesto
  • artist* interview
  • artist* statement*
  • artist* notebook
  • artist* sketchbook
  • artist* journal
  • artist* diary
  • "documents of contemporary art" (this will bring up a list of books in the Documents of Contemporary Art series, which often feature writings by artists on an eclectic range of topics such as Failure, Sound, Boredom, Utopias)

Browse Book Subject Headings

Click on the following subject headings to see lists of related items in the Tufts Libraries' collections.

Other Resources

Magazines and Periodicals

Browse the SMFA Library's collection of print periodicals remotely, which frequently include writing by artists or interviews with artists. The following are available for online browsing. 

Afterall Elephant
artasiapacific Esopus
Bomb Frieze
Cabinet Nka

SMFA Library Zine Collection

Our zine and student publication collection features self-published material made by artists. This often takes the form of poetry, fiction, artists' statements, comics, etc.

Featured Resources

Blasted allegories : an anthology of writings by contemporary artists
NX504 .B5 1987, available as an ebook  

N7475 .H36 2013  
(part of the Happy Hypocrite series, "for and about experimental art writing")

Buddha mind in contemporary art
NX504 .B84 2004 

The Magazine
Z286.A77 M34 2016 

Artwork vs. the work of artists : reimagining creative work
N7475.2 .L36 2017


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