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  • The gateway to Oxford’s art reference works, including the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove® Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists
  • Includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures

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Appraisal and valuation

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Though most appraisals are based upon data derived from sales of comparable items, the degree to which two artworks can be considered comparable is rarely absolute. In selecting comparables, appraisers consider drivers of value such as the popularity of the style or country of origin, status of the artist, critical reception of the work, subject matter, dimensions, date of creation, provenance, and condition.

Louise Nevelson

A work of art by Louise Nevelson

One of the leading American sculptors and most successful women artists of the post-war years, Louise Nevelson worked primarily in wood, creating abstract, wall-scale sculptures. In Dawn’s Wedding Feast (1959), the varied components with complex surface articulations combine to comment on the idea of marriage as a union of disparate hanging and standing elements.

With this update, the Grove Dictionary of Art publishes 18 new articles on art markets, dealers, and exhibitions, as well as 39 revisions to existing entries. The Benezit Dictionary of Artists publishes 13 updates to biographies of artists whose work appears frequently in the market.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.

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What's New

The latest updates to Oxford Art Online include new articles related to art markets, part of an ongoing project on this topic supervised by Prof. Darius Spieth at LSU. In addition, newly revised entries include articles about European cities and American artists of the early 20th century.

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UpdateGAO

UpdateGAO is an ongoing initiative to revise Grove’s articles in collaboration with their original authors, yielding updates to reflect recent developments and new scholarship. Have you contributed to Grove and want to update your article(s)? Let us know.

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Latin American Art

Grove Art continues a major initiative to revise and expand Grove’s content on Latin American art and architecture. Led by Tom Cummins at Harvard University, this project includes scholarship on topics from the Pre-Columbian period to present day. 

 

News

JULY 31, 2018

What's new in July 2018

 In this update, Grove Art publishes 18 new articles and 39 revisions, and Benezit publishes 13 updates to artists' biographies.

JULY 29, 2018

New blog post - Women artists in conversation: Tiff Massey (Part II)

Now available on the OUPBlog, the second part of a Q&A between Kathy Battista, Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and artist Tiff Massey.

JULY 22, 2018

New blog post - Women artists in conversation: Tiff Massey (Part I)

Now available on the OUPBlog, the first part of a Q&A between Kathy Battista, Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and artist Tiff Massey.