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ARTH 251 Art in the City (Los Angeles): Home

Library resources to aid your study of art in context

Take a Virtual Tour of The J. Paul Getty Museum

LA Area Museum Websites


Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world. ARTnews (available on Flipster) reports on the art, personalities, issues, trends and events shaping the international art world.  Recent news:

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Course Description

Art in the City introduces students to the visual arts within the context of a given setting. Through this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the art that they are exposed to while studying and living in one of our Pepperdine campuses worldwide. Students will learn to analyze paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture that they encounter in visits to museums, architectural monuments, art galleries, and on walking tours.

Finding Articles

These online sources are good places to locate scholarly journal articles.  You can also locate magazine articles, including reviews of exhibitions.

Some Examples of Books located via the Library Catalog

Use the library catalog to locate e-book city guides that will include information on museums and outstanding architecture

Galleries in Los Angeles

ARTstor Images


Larry Bell, American, 1939-. 1961. Untitled. Place: Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kantor.

Find images for your presentation or paper is the database,  ARTstor.  Log on to ARTstor, create a personal account and create an image group.  Then view information on how to Export to Power Point Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube

You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, architecture), or by collection (for example, Art History Survey Collection).  Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.

Background Information

For background information, start with an exhaustive reference work such as  Grove Art OnlineThe Oxford Companion to Western Art  edited by Hugh Brigstocke is also part of Oxford Art Online.

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful.  To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog, or use the 'Databases and E-Journals' search feature on the Library's Web site.


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