Henry Darger. View remarkable documentary called In the Realms of the Unreal
James Hampton, Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millenium General Assembly, found materials, 1950-1964
Robert Longo, his own homage project, here.
Robert Longo, Men in the City, herehttp://robertlongo.com/work/gallery/1118.
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, starting point here, valuable documentary available called Chuck Close, a Portrait in Progress.
Vija Celmins, learn more with Art 21 here.
Patricia Piccinini, starting point, including her 'altered vespa sculptures' (my term) here.
Ron Mueck, photo credit here, start with Mueck here.
Cai Guo-Qiang (fireworks, gunpowder drawings, and taxidermy installations), photo credit here, start with Art 21 Episode about Cai Guo-Qiang .
Mark Dion, installations, mostly based on natural objects altered by humans, start with the art 21 episode here.
Buckminster Fuller, start here.
Mike and Doug Starn, multimedia and video installations. Start at their own website
Gordon Matta Clark, altered buildings, photo credit here, start here.
Felix Gonzales Torres, Perfect Lovers, 1990 image credit and valuable interview from Queer Cultural center website here.
Damien Hirst, photocredit and short article here. Start at the artist's website for further info.
Jeff Koons, image credit, many more images, and bibliography here.
Shepherd Fairey, starting place here.
Arthur Ganson, great images here, and view his TED.com talk here.
Theo Jansen, view his TED.com talk here.
Jan Svankmajer. valuable interview here.
Pippilotti Rist, good short article here.
Bill Viola. Start at Viola's website here.
"I am interested in what the old masters didn't paint, those steps in between." - Bill Viola
Starn Twins. Start here.
One of my favorite videos by William Kentridge. Begin your study of Kentridge by watching his episode on Art21
Yasumasa Morimura. a brief, harsh, critique here.
Hiroshi Sugimoto. Start with Art 21 here.
Francesca Woodman, good article here. Another, very strong, here.
Sally Mann, start here.
Emmet Gowin, one source. richer source.
Nicholas Nixon, brown sisters series, good source of images here. more info here.
Bill Brandt, short article here. a bit more here.
Dawoud Bey, photo credit here. start here.
Lorna Simpson, start here.
Abstract Expressionism (loosely interpreted) (and Modern, not contemporary!)
Willem de Kooning
Walton Ford. start here.
Yayoi Kusama. Amazing installation here. start here.
Moyo Ogundipe start here.
Swoon (Callie Curry) see her talk on TED.com here. (Street art and Installation Piece)
Jean-Michel Basquiat. start with the documentary Radiant Child and in the library.
Janine Antoni. start here.
Adrien Piper start here.
Eleanor Antin. start here.
Chris Burden start here.
Geurilla Girls start here.
Judy Chicago start with the documentary Women!Art!Revolution!
Barbara Kruger. start here.
Jenny Holzer start here.
Betye Saar. start here.
Faith Ringgold start here. and watch the documentary WomenartRevolution
Philip Johnson start here.
Frank Gehry. Start here.
Frank Lloyd Wright start here.