Welcome to Benezit Dictionary of Artists

  • A comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911
  • Includes 149,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale

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E.A.T.

Photo of Experiments in Art and Technology

Founded in 1966, Experiments in Art and Technology, or E.A.T., was a not-for-profit organization that supported artists’ use of new materials and technologies. With over 4,000 members, E.A.T. established collaborations between artists and engineers, seeking to solve technical problems that limited artistic projects and believing, too, that artists could contribute to the evolution of these technologies.

Swoon

Art by Swoon

The artist and activist Caledonia Curry, more commonly known as Swoon, trained as a Renaissance-style portrait painter at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Using traditional woodcut prints on recycled newspaper, she began her career as a graffiti artist by affixing elegant portraits of her loved ones to the exteriors of abandoned buildings. Her paper works quickly rot, decay, and flake away, and she considers her work an act of community beautification.

With this update, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists publishes 27 new entries on contemporary artists and launches a new series of free collection guides for museums and galleries around the world.

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.

Complete collection of stacked Benezit Dictionary of Artists books

What's New

We are pleased to reintroduce Benezit with a new look and enhanced functionality. Recently published articles include new biographies of contemporary artists in the Middle East and North Africa, and recent commissioning has focused on top-selling figures in today’s art market.