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This guide will assist you in locating information on contemporary artists and their art. The artists covered are representative of work currently being done in the United States and abroad. Each artist's page will link you to samples of their work, videos of the artist working, biographic information and suggested resources. This is not a comprehensive guide, you will find other sources engaging in your own research.
Since contemporary artists are still alive and contributing to the art scene, see if they have a presence in social media. They might have their own account or others may be talking about them. Search names and look for hashtags (#) of their name or works. If you are lucky you can find videos of interviews or the artist at work.
If you don't have an account with a social media site, you can usually still search them by adding site:socialmedia.domain your Google Search.
"Ashley Bickerton" artist site:facebook.com
"Takashi Murakami" artist site:twitter.com
Sources on Artists
Art 21 - Explore Artists
...a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time.
Art21: PBS series
...unparalleled access to the most innovative artists of our time, revealing how artists engage the culture around them and how art allows viewers to see the world in new ways.
Get past the annoying animated GIFs and you'll find some interesting and useful links.
An online dictionary of art and artists; this is a very useful site, but beware, some of the links are to commercial sites, so the information is not always available for free.
Commercial site containing listings for over 1,300 galleries, 36,000 works and 13,000 artists.
Discover, Research and Collect the World's Best Art Online
Google Art Project
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks.
Modern & Contemporary artists & Art
"The major modern & contemporary visual artists: each artist with portrait, brief biography, links to articles, essays and interviews; original art, limited edition artprints, photography and posters, multimedia and artist's books."
Great source on art history through present day; searchable by artist, style, etc.