BISAC Subject Headings List

Art

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ART

Use subjects in this section for historical works or for works discussing technique from a fine art (as opposed to craft) viewpoint.  For works about collecting art or art objects, use subjects in the ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES section.  For works discussing technique from a craft viewpoint, use subjects in the CRAFTS & HOBBIES section.  For works on general principles of design that can be applied to various disciplines (such as art, architecture, crafts, and technology), use subjects in the DESIGN section.

Use subjects beginning with "ART / Techniques" for works on the techniques involved within a given discipline and use subjects beginning with "ART / History" for works consisting largely of reproductions of artworks and/or works on the history of art.  Be aware that some disciplines have an unsubdivided term and a related term beginning with "ART / Techniques" (e.g., "ART / Sculpture & Installation" and "ART / Techniques / Sculpting"). In these cases, the unsubdivided term should be used for pictorials and works on the history of that discipline and not for books on technique.

Subjects beginning with "ART / Subjects & Themes" are generally meant to be used for works discussing and/or illustrating the subjects and themes specified; however, these subjects can also be assigned to works on the techniques used to produce art depicting these subjects and themes.  If a subject beginning with "ART / Subjects & Themes" is used in this way, it is recommended that a subject beginning with "ART / Techniques" be assigned as well.

Subjects beginning with "ART / History" may be used for works on the history of Western or non-Western art. The fact that some subjects beginning with "ART / History" only apply to Western art does not mean that all subjects beginning with "ART / History" only apply to Western art.  Subjects such as "ART / African", "ART / Canadian" or "ART / European" can also be assigned and should especially be assigned when this information is not implied by an "ART / History" subject.

Use "ART / Color Theory" for theoretical works on color and use "ART / Techniques / Color" for practical works on techniques for using color in art.

ART000000

ART / General

ART015010

ART / African

ART015020

ART / American / General

ART038000

ART / American / African American & Black

ART039000

ART / American / Asian American & Pacific Islander

ART040000

ART / American / Hispanic & Latino

 

ART / Animation see PERFORMING ARTS / Animation

ART054000

ART / Annuals

ART037000

ART / Art & Politics

ART019000

ART / Asian / General

ART019010

ART / Asian / Chinese

ART019020

ART / Asian / Indian & South Asian

ART019030

ART / Asian / Japanese

ART042000

ART / Australian & Oceanian

 

ART / Basic Techniques see headings under Techniques

ART055000

ART / Body Art & Tattooing

 

ART / Book Design see DESIGN / Book

ART043000

ART / Business Aspects

ART015040

ART / Canadian

ART044000

ART / Caribbean & Latin American

ART068000

ART / Celtic Art *

ART045000

ART / Ceramics

ART006000

ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General

ART006010

ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Group Shows

ART006020

ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Permanent Collections

ART007000

ART / Color Theory

ART008000

ART / Conceptual

ART056000

ART / Conservation & Preservation

 

ART / Costume Design see DESIGN / Textile & Costume

ART009000

ART / Criticism & Theory

 

ART / Design see headings under DESIGN

ART046000

ART / Digital

ART063000

ART / Environmental & Land Art

 

ART / Exhibitions see headings under Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions

ART015030

ART / European

ART057000

ART / Film & Video

ART013000

ART / Folk & Outsider Art

ART067000

ART / Forgeries

 

ART / Furniture Design see DESIGN / Furniture

ART061000

ART / Glass

ART058000

ART / Graffiti & Street Art

ART015000

ART / History / General

ART015050

ART / History / Prehistoric

ART015060

ART / History / Ancient & Classical

ART015070

ART / History / Medieval

ART015080

ART / History / Renaissance

ART015090

ART / History / Baroque & Rococo

ART015120

ART / History / Romanticism

ART015100

ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)

ART015110

ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)

ART041000

ART / Indigenous Art of the Americas

ART016000

ART / Individual Artists / General

ART016010

ART / Individual Artists / Artists' Books

ART016020

ART / Individual Artists / Essays

ART016030

ART / Individual Artists / Monographs

 

ART / Latin American see Caribbean & Latin American

ART066000

ART / LGBTQ+ Artists

ART047000

ART / Middle Eastern

ART017000

ART / Mixed Media

 

ART / Museum Administration & Museology see BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology

ART059000

ART / Museum Studies

 

ART / Native American see Indigenous Art of the Americas

 

ART / Oceanian see Australian & Oceanian

 

ART / Oriental see headings under Asian

ART060000

ART / Performance

ART023000

ART / Popular Culture

ART048000

ART / Prints

 

ART / Product Design see DESIGN / Product

ART062000

ART / Public Art

ART025000

ART / Reference

ART049000

ART / Russian & Soviet

ART026000

ART / Sculpture & Installation

ART027000

ART / Study & Teaching

ART050000

ART / Subjects & Themes / General

ART050050

ART / Subjects & Themes / Erotica

ART050010

ART / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure

ART050020

ART / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes & Seascapes

ART050030

ART / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals

ART050040

ART / Subjects & Themes / Portraits

ART035000

ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious

ART050060

ART / Subjects & Themes / Science Fiction & Fantasy

ART050070

ART / Subjects & Themes / Still Life *

ART028000

ART / Techniques / General

ART031000

ART / Techniques / Acrylic Painting

ART002000

ART / Techniques / Airbrush

ART003000

ART / Techniques / Calligraphy

ART004000

ART / Techniques / Cartooning

ART051000

ART / Techniques / Color

ART010000

ART / Techniques / Drawing

ART052000

ART / Techniques / Life Drawing

ART018000

ART / Techniques / Oil Painting

ART020000

ART / Techniques / Painting

ART021000

ART / Techniques / Pastel Drawing

ART033000

ART / Techniques / Pen & Ink Drawing

ART034000

ART / Techniques / Pencil Drawing

ART024000

ART / Techniques / Printmaking

ART053000

ART / Techniques / Sculpting

ART029000

ART / Techniques / Watercolor Painting

 

ART / Textile Design see DESIGN / Textile & Costume

 

ART / Video see Film & Video

ART064000

ART / Video Game Art

ART065000

ART / Women Artists

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