January 2014

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January 2014 Update

New to Grove Art

Read the letter from Alodie Larson, the new Editor of Grove Art Online.

Contemporary art
This latest update expands Grove’s coverage of contemporary art, focusing on time-based media. Guided by guest editor Jean Robertson, this update concentrates on significant artists who work in sound, music, and performance. The project expands existing articles on artists such as Brian Eno and Francis Alÿs, and it also includes new biographies of artists like Cory Arcangel and Tino Sehgal. Updates to thematic essays are also featured in this release, including articles on Music and art and Sound and art.

American art
Grove is also pleased to add revised American articles to the site, ranging from biographies of Frank Lloyd Wright and Donald Judd to subject entries like Organic architecture and Colour field painting. New scholarship has been added to biographies of contemporary American artists such as Matthew Barney, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Christian Marclay, Andres Serrano, and Kiki Smith. New images have also been added, including the iconic work of Ansel Adams, 19th century book illustrations, and the architecture of the Shakers. Read more about this project.

Decorative arts
25 new articles on the decorative arts join Grove in this update, covering artists, techniques, and materials from a range of eras and regions. New articles cover German goldsmiths, English silversmiths, Italian glassmakers, and American potters as well as ceramic types including Mina’i ware and slipware.

Medieval art articles
We continue to add updated articles on medieval art, whose development was overseen by Dr. Colum P. Hourihane of Princeton University, editor of the recently published Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. Read more about this project.

New images
In this update, 100 new images have been added, including works by leading modern and contemporary artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Matthew Barney, Mel Bochner, Cecily Brown, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin, Nan Goldin, Candida Höfer, Robert Longo, Jenny Saville, and Julian Schnabel. Notable images include David Shrigley’s wry Untitled (We exercise on this...), Maurizio Cattelan’s The Ninth Hour, Gregory Crewdson’s surreal taxidermied tableau Untitled, and Alexander McQueen’s cascading Oyster Dress. This group also includes images of Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present, performed in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art, and El Anatsui’s Fading Cloth, found objects woven into a glittering monumental work. Also new to Grove are paintings by Julian Schnabel and George Condo, as well as Allegiance with Wakefulness by Shirin Neshat, whose photographs explore stereotypes of Muslim women.

Updated articles
As part of our ongoing initiative to keep existing Grove content current, many additional articles have been revised to reflect developments in recent scholarship. These articles span the breadth of Grove’s diverse content, from Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí to English medallist and playwright Thomas Rawlins, once Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint in London.

Explore the full list of new and revised entries, and see our Friends page for more information on our partnerships.

New to Benezit

Canadian art, photography, and new images
In November 2011, Oxford brought the Benezit Dictionary of Artists online for the very first time. This update sees the addition of new and revised articles on Italian Renaissance artists and architects (including substantial revisions to entries on Leon Battista Alberti and Gentile Bellini), as well as contemporary Canadian artists such as AA Bronson and Jamelie Hassan. New entries on Gertrude Käsebier and Lisette Model complement a new subject guide on American women photographers by Dalia Linssen of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Also new to the site are 96 new portraits of artists, along with 50 new images of Canadian artists’ signatures.

Visit our Contributor page for a list of scholars involved in writing entries for this and recent updates, and read a letter from Advisory Editor Stephen Bury to learn more about upcoming projects.

Image partnerships
We continue to add images to Benezit through our partnerships with ArtistsSignatures.com, which brings new artists’ signatures to the resource, complementing the existing collection of over 11,000 images, and the Frick Collection, which is providing Benezit with portraits and self-portraits of artists to illustrate their biographies (see, for example, Jean-Léon Gérôme). See our Friends page for more.

To learn more about Benezit, view a sample entry, read about its history, or visit the About Benezit page.

Updating Programs

A major initiative is currently underway, involving the participation of all 7,000+ members of our contributor community. All authors are invited to submit updates to their articles – especially to bibliographies – to ensure that articles reflect the latest research and bibliographies include the most recent publications. Email updateGAO@oup.com to join your colleagues in this exciting project.

User feedback
All users are welcome to email the editors at oxfordarteditor@oup.com to suggest corrections, revisions, and new topics for articles and subject guides. We look forward to hearing your feedback. To offer your thoughts and comments regarding general site enhancements, you may use the Contact Us form.

Oxford Index Underbar

You now have access to the Oxford Index underbar (beta), a free tool that generates links to related content from all Oxford University Press online resources, including scholarly monographs, journal articles, and more. For example, if you’re researching “Monet” on Oxford Art Online, the underbar will draw from a variety of Oxford resources to give you further results on that topic. Clicking the arrows located at the bottom of the browser will expand the underbar, enhancing your search experience. For more information about the Oxford Index discovery service, watch our video or visit the Oxford Index website.

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

A new, freely available resource on Italian Renaissance art is now available! The Italian Renaissance Learning Resources site features eight units, each of which explores a different theme in Italian Renaissance art and is complemented by lavish illustrations and resources for educators.

This resource is the result of a collaboration between the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and Grove Art Online, made possible through the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and developed by Sandbox Studios.


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