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Read the letter from Alodie Larson, the new Editor of Grove Art Online.
April 2013 Update
New to Grove Art
Editor in Chief
Grove Art Online is thrilled to announce its newly appointed Editor in Chief, Dr. Nicola Courtright of Amherst College. Dr. Courtright brings with her a broad range of expertise in the field and served as President of the College Art Association from 2006–8. She currently serves as a board member for the American Council of Learned Societies and as a member of the National Committee for the History of Art. Dr. Courtright will be working with an editorial board of similarly distinguished art historians to guide the development of new Grove Art content, as she describes in her letter from the editor.
History of photography
The latest update sees the addition of a large group of articles and images that significantly extend and improve Grove’s coverage of the history of photography. Guest editor Dr. Tanya Sheehan guided the development of more than 60 new online-only articles and five significantly updated articles on topics such as documentary photography, digital photography, and the worker photography movement. This season also brings fully up-to-date bibliographies for another 100 important photographers. Read more about this project.
Medieval art articles
Also new to Grove are four new and 35 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. Read more about this project.
New images and updated articles
To promote understanding of the texts, the articles in this update are illustrated with over 120 remarkable new images of artworks, among which you’ll find Marcus Aurelius Root’s early daguerreotypes, the extraordinary portraits made by Malick Sidibé in 1960s Mali, Henry Peach Robinson’s famous Fading Away, and Georges Merillon’s gripping image of a mourning woman in Kosovo. Other noteworthy images added with this update include Ida Kar’s Bridget Riley, O. G. Rejlander’s Ariadne, and Eve Arnold’s Horse training for the militia and portrait of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits.
As part of the ongoing initiative to keep Grove content current, original Grove contributors updated their articles on six important topics that have seen new research activity, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Marcel Duchamp.
New to Benezit
Contemporary Asian art and American photography
In November 2011, Oxford brought the Benezit Dictionary of Artists online for the very first time. This update sees the addition of 77 new and 60 revised articles on contemporary artists from across Asia—China, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines—and American photographers, as part of an ongoing project to expand Benezit’s coverage of photography. New biographies on 19th- and early 20th-century American photographers include Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Alexander Gardner, Berenice Abbott, and Margaret Bourke-White. In addition, we have added 76 updated articles, many on contemporary British artists.
Visit our Contributor page for a list of scholars involved in writing and revising entries for this update.
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). This update sees the addition of 50 new signature images and 80 new images of artists from the Frick Art Reference Library. See our Friends page for more.
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.
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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.
- December 2012: Central and Eastern European art, Medieval art
- September 2012: Craft and contemporary art, Medieval art
- March 2012: Medieval articles, American bibliographies
- December 2011: Art of New Zealand, Benezit joins Oxford Art Online
- July 2011: Visual culture, American art
- March 2011: American art, Islamic Art
- November 2010: Science and contemporary art, Medieval Art, American art, and Italian Renaissance art
- June 2010: American art, Italian Renaissance art
- March 2010: Globalization and contemporary art, American art
- December 2009: Australian modern and contemporary art, American art
- August 2009: Fashion, Islamic art
- June 2009: Classical art, materials and techniques in art
- November 2008: Decorative arts
- July 2008: Included 500 updated bibliographies, nearly 100 revised articles, and new Medieval Art images
- March 2008: Launch of Oxford Art Online
- October 2006: Women artists
- September 2005: Contemporary Asian art