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These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Art collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).
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The most elusive of terms, its validity is only vouchsafed in cultures which admit to such a concept. Broadly speaking, the term ‘art’ in the visual sense can be applied to any work/subject which engenders, by intent or otherwise, aesthetic and/or intellectual appreciation. In a teasing subversion of the title of his magisterial survey The Story of Art (1950) the great art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich declared, ‘There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists.’
Clarke, Michael, and Deborah Clarke. "art." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. : Oxford University Press, 2010. Oxford Reference. 2010. Date Accessed 2 Apr. 2014 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199569922.001.0001/acref-9780199569922-e-1822>.
Library of Congress Classification (LC):
AM: Museum Studies
E: Native American Art
K: Art Law
N: Visual Arts, including art theory, exhibition catalogs, art as a profession, and public art
NC: Drawing, graphic design, illustration, and commercial art
NE: Print Media, including printmaking and engraving
NK: Decorative Arts, including religious art, decorative design, ceramics, glass, and metal- and woodwork
NX: Arts in General, including art administration
TS: Manufacturing, including industrial and product design
TT: Handicrafts, arts and crafts
Z: Printing, including graphic design and typography