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American Art and Architecture

H. H. Richardson: Staircase to the Capitol, Albany, NY, photomechanical print, photochrom, colour, c. 1902; (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)   H. H. Richardson: Allegheny County Court House, lithograph, with 4-tint stones, c. 1888 (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)   Mathew B. Brady: Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President, seated portrait, facing front, January 8, 1864, albumen silver print on carte-de-visite mount, 100×60 mm, 1864 (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection)  

In this season’s update, Grove Art Online presents 141 revised and expanded articles on American art and architecture. Many new and updated entries added to Grove in the past two years originated with the development of the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, a project edited by Joan Marter and released in 2011. This project updated and expanded Grove’s coverage of American art and architecture, spanning the Pre-Columbian era to the colonial period to the 21st century.

The recent set of revised articles includes expanded biographies of major modern and contemporary artists such as Eva Hesse, Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, and Donald Judd. Also recently added is an extensive update to Grove’s article on Frank Lloyd Wright, chronicling the architect’s career and influence. Other highlights include updates to important subject entries such as Primitivism and Vernacular Architecture, as well as to biographies of iconic American artists such as Grant Wood, Norman Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol. Biographies of notable American architects and designers have also been revised, including Richard Meier, Frederick Law Olmsted, Robert A. M. Stern, and Louis Sullivan, as well as partnerships such as Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown. New images of American art and architecture have also been added to Grove Art Online in this update, from stunning photographs by Ansel Adams to Margaret Bourke-White’s well-known photograph of the Fort Peck Dam, an image which served as the cover photo for the first issue of Life magazine in 1936.

Alodie Larson, Editor
Molly Tranberg, Associate Editor

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