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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 & Costume

    ART / Video see Film & Video

 ART064000   ART / Video Game Art

ART065000    ART / Women Artists


 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

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