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BISAC Subject Headings List, Art
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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

ART039000  ART / American / Asian American

ART040000  ART / American / Hispanic American

 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

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

 ART / Furniture Design see DESIGN / Furniture

ART061000  ART / Glass

ART058000  ART / Graffiti & Street Art

ART015000  ART / History / General

ART015050  ART / History / Prehistoric & Primitive

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-)

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

ART047000  ART / Middle Eastern

ART017000  ART / Mixed Media

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

ART059000  ART / Museum Studies

ART041000  ART / Native American

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 & Former Soviet Union

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

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 & Costumes 

 ART / Video see Film & Video

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2016, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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