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American Art and Architecture

Edward Hicks: Peaceable Kingdom, oil on canvas, 754x901mm, c. 1834 (Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch); image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington

In this season’s update, Grove Art Online presents 96 new and revised 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 most recent group of entries includes new coverage of various art movements in America, including Folk Art, Neo-Romanticism, Romanesque Revival, and Romantic Classicism. Newly revised biographies cover Iranian American sculptor Siah Armajani, feminists Sue Coe and Judy Chicago, and performance and installation artist Chris Burden, notorious for his feats of physical intensite, epecially as demonstrated in 1971's Shoot, in which he endured a gunshot to his left arm. Other updated content includes articles on terms Post-Modernism, Precisionism, Process Art, and Psychedelic Art, as well as on Pittsburgh and its industrial baron and patron Andrew Carnegie, who, during his lifetime, gave more than $350 million to a variety of social, educational, and cultural causes. Images of American art have also been added to Grove in this update— Tamara De Lempicka's Young Woman in Green celebrates sophisticated feminine glamor in the art deco style, and Edward Hicks’s allegorical Peaceable Kingdom depicts a harmonious scene from the Book of Isaiah in foreground, as William Penn implements his famous treaty with Native Americans in the background.

We extend our thanks to the authors and editors who contributed this important new scholarship to Grove, which now includes over 2,500 articles on American art and architecture. Grove’s regular editorial updates serve to broaden existing areas of coverage and encourage the exploration of new subjects in the field of global art history. Please enjoy this new content and keep in touch with our editors.

Alodie Larson, Editor
Lillyan Ling, Assistant Editor

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