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Mickalene Thomas: Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 3.05 × 7.32 m, 2010; image courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

December 2015 Update

New to Grove Art

Contemporary Art
Ten new articles on contemporary art have been added to Grove as part of a project led by Dr. Judith Rodenbeck. New biographies added in this update include Paulo Bruscky, Tetsu Okuhara, David Ireland, Miranda July, and Mickalene Thomas, as well as new essays on Récupération and Internet Art.

American art and architecture
Grove is pleased to add over 50 new and revised articles on American art to the site, including updated biographies of artists Miriam Schapiro, Dennis Oppenheim, Manuel Ocampo, Paul Revere, and Shirin Neshat, as well as articles on Art Deco and Post-Structuralism in the U.S., and the cities of Boston and Chicago.

Medieval art and architecture
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. Over 120 revised articles were added, including essays on castles, stained glass, stucco and plasterwork, and the bible, as well as cities such as Bologna, Canterbury, Worms, York, and Siena.

New images
This update sees the addition of over 110 new images including Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth’s Creation, El Anatsui’s Old Man's Cloth, and Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds. Film stills from Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know and her crowdsourced series Learning to Love You More have been acquired as well. Also added are new internet art images such as Alexei Shulgin’s Form Art, Wolfgang Staehle’s The Thing, and Olia Lialina’s My Boyfriend Came Back from the War.

Updated articles
As part of UpdateGAO, our ongoing initiative to keep existing Grove content current, many additional articles have been revised to reflect developments in recent scholarship. This update includes revised entries on Fourth dimension, LIGHT Gallery, and alchemy, as well as revised biographies of illustrators Vera Bock, John W. Ehninger, Ethel Reed, and Paula Scher. Other important articles recently revised include biographies of Canaletto, Johan Zoffany,and Antonio Canova, as well as a new, globally inclusive survey of the Renaissance by Dr. David Young Kim at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

New to Benezit

Benezit is proud to introduce our new Editor in Chief, Kathy Battista, Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. Check out our Q&A with Kathy on the OUP Blog.

New articles and images

Under the guest editorship of Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, Benezit has been updated with 35 new articles expanding our content and diversity with a focus Russian and Eastern European artists including Leonid Lamm, Oleg Tistol, and Lucien Dulfan. In a parallel initiative to round out our content on Land and Environmental Artists, Benezit has been updated with new articles on artists Nancy Holt, Mary Miss, Richard Fleischner, and George Trakas. This update also includes 47 new images of artists’ signatures, including those of William Holman Hunt, Walter Gay, Walt Kuhn, Eastman Johnson, and El Greco.

Updated bibliographies and auction records
In addition to new articles, our thematic initiatives include updates to biographies, exhibition histories, and auction records of over 60 artists including Kazimir Malevich, Aleksei Isupov, Michael Heizer and Dennis Oppenheim.

Explore the full list of new and revised entries.

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, Benjamin West). See our Friends page for more.

For more information, visit About Benezit, view Benezit's contributor page, or read about its history.

African Art

Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists have both recently been updated with new and significantly revised articles on topics in African art. We invite you to explore an interactive map featuring select articles from this region, including Dak’Art, Nollywood, and Sammy Baloji.

African Art Map

Updating Programs


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Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

We invite you to explore the freely available Italian Renaissance Learning Resources site. This resource 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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