Visual Arts: Sculpture


Exploring the shelves? Browse

Books about sculpture can be found either online or in the West Wing of the Jeffrey Smart Building at these numbers:

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Historical perspectives - a sample

When looking for resources concerning the history of sculpture try some of these search terms:

History AND sculpture

renaissance AND sculpture

20th century AND sculpture



Books & exhibition catalogues - a sample

When looking for exhibition catalogues put in exhibitions in your search term then limit by books e.g.

Sculpture, Australian AND exhibitions

Inge King AND exhibitions

"metal sculpture" AND exhibitions



These journals contain articles on various aspects of sculpture:

Journals [Image source: UniSA Library]

Methods and materials

Try some of these keywords and phrases when searching for sculpture resources in the catalogue:

Keywords for searching [Image source: UniSA Library]

 Use quotation marks to bring concepts together e.g.

  • "figure sculpture"
  • "bronze sculpture"
  • "public sculpture"

Use the asterisk truncation symbol e.g.

recycl* = recycled, recycle, recycling

Or bring keywords together using AND/OR e.g.

history AND sculpture

 Example Catalogue searches:

A few works from the Library collection

  From clay to bronze [book cover]   Sculpture now [book cover]    The figure in clay [cover image] 


A few artists

Select a name to search the Library collection for publications by or about that artist

Other links may be provided to the artist's website, online interviews or further material on the artist


Constantin Brancusi

Jeff Koons

Antony Gormley

Anish Kapoor

Richard Serra

Louise Nevelson

Damien Hirst

Rachel Whiteread


Auguste Rodin

Useful databases

ARTstor logo [Image courtesy of ARTstor]

Access ARTstor - provides access to over one million high resolution images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Images are relevant to a variety of areas including Sculpture.

Search by title/creator (e.g. artist) or browse by geography, classification (e.g. sculpture and installations) and year.

Features include the ability to zoom in to detail, download images into PowerPoint presentations and export citation data to bibliographic management software such as EndNote. Register for a free account to save images for later use and create image groups. More about ARTstor

Access Oxford Art Online

Definitions, overviews, images: access reliable information on artists, styles, periods, theory and more.


Key reference that is more scholarly and better regarded than most of what you will find via Google. Try it!

Search Oxford Art Online