Oxford Art Online hosts Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference works. The site is updated three times per year, with new and updated articles, new tools for navigating content, and improved functionality.
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May 2014 Update
New to Grove Art
This latest update expands Grove’s coverage of world photography with 44 new and revised articles. Led by Dr. Tanya Sheehan of Colby College, this expansion project includes new biographies on photographers and inventors such as Hércules Florence, Edwin H. Land, Gideon Mendel, Héctor García, and Uchida Kuichi, as well as major new subject entries on Vernacular photography, Street photography, and Photojournalism. New sections have been added to expand the discussion of photographic practice in regions of Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Notable new sections in this group include articles on photography in China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Italy. Articles on major figures such as Lewis Hine, Louis Daguerre, William Henry Fox Talbot, Sophie Calle, Shinzō Fukuhara, and Andreas Gursky have also been revised and expanded. Read more about this project.
Grove is also pleased to add revised articles on American art to the site, with updated biographies ranging from painter Morris Hirshfield to art dealer Martha Jackson to architectural historian Richard Krautheimer. Also recently updated are entries on photographer Larry Clark, sculptor Carl Andre, and 291, the gallery founded in 1905 by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward J. Steichen. 291 was influential in bringing European modernism to the United States and in launching the careers of American artists like Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Max Weber. Read more about this project.
Over 200 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 include Delftware, lime glass, and Charles Rohlfs.
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. 174 medieval art entries were updated this May, including Giovanni Boccaccio, Merovingian art, and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
In this update, 89 new images have been added, including photos by the Alinari brothers, John Thomson, Roger Fenton, Adam Clark Vroman, and Yousuf Karsh. Norman Parkinson’s stunning image of Paddy Fields in the Late Summer illustrates Grove’s article on Fashion photography, and a daguerreotype from Joseph Zealy’s 1850 series of portraits of enslaved men and women has been added from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Harvard University. Other highlights include Héctor García’s photographs of protests in Mexico City, Martin Parr’s bittersweet image of a fading English resort town, and the postwar photojournalism of Shōmei Tomatsu, blurring the lines between “art” and “document.” Images of works by Sigmar Polke, Mel Bochner, and John Cage have also been added, along with images of medieval objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.
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 Korean mixed media and performance artist Lee Bul to English medallist and playwright Thomas Rawlins, once Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint in London.
New to Benezit
Photography, Italian Renaissance, user suggestions
In November 2011, Oxford brought the Benezit Dictionary of Artists online for the very first time. This update sees the addition of 20 new photography articles, including biographies of André Kertész, Vivian Maier, Carl van Vechten, and T Lux Feininger. This update also includes 20 revised entries on major Italian Renaissance artists and architects such as Fra Bartolommeo, Giulio Romano, and Paolo Veronese.
Another highlight from the May update is the incorporation of user suggestions. 18 new and 14 revised articles have been added to the site based directly on feedback submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and evaluated by editors. Notable new and revised articles include the German 19th-century panorama painter Bruno Piglhein, and the 15th-century Italian artist Bartolommeo della Gatta. Finally, the May update sees the addition of updated auction records for 15 top-selling artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alberto Giacometti, and Gerhard Richter, and 50 new images of Canadian artists’ signatures.
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.
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.
All users are welcome to email the editors at email@example.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 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.
- January 2014: Contemporary art, American art, and Canadian artists
- November 2013: American art and architecture, Asian art
- April 2013: History of photography, contemporary Asian art
- 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