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November 2013 Update
New to Grove Art
Read the letter from Alodie Larson, the new Editor of Grove Art Online.
American art and architecture
This latest update sees the addition of 100 revised and expanded articles on American art and architecture, including a significant number of updated and expanded articles on Native North American art, artists, and peoples, including the Iroquois, Anasazi, and Hopi. Other highlights in this update include expanded essays on African American art, as well as updated scholarship on American architects, including H.H. Richardson, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Philip Johnson. This update also includes expanded articles on major American artists practicing in the mid- to late 20th century, covering important figures in conceptual art, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Pop Art. Read more about this project.
Grove is also pleased to add 29 new articles featuring the decorative arts. This group of articles covers artists, techniques, materials, and manufacturers from a range of regions and eras.
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. Many updated medieval articles will be added with our December 2013 update, so stay tuned! Read more about this project.
In this update, 80 new images have been added in topics ranging from Native American basketwork to contemporary architect Bernard Tschumi. Notable images include William Rimmer’s dramatic Evening, the Fall of Day, Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, Paolo Veronese’s Deposition, and historical photographs of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Trinity Church, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Willits House. This group also includes Alice Austen’s photographs of immigrants in the late nineteenth century, John James Audubon’s Bald Eagle from the first volume of The Birds of America (1827‒30), and Aaron Douglas’s masterful series of murals commissioned in 1934 for the New York Public Library.
As part of our ongoing initiative to keep existing Grove content current, 42 additional articles have been revised to reflect developments in recent scholarship. These articles span the breadth of Grove’s diverse content, from English architect John Nash to German collector Gottlieb Friedrich Reber.
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 new and updated entries on Asian art and artists, including 31 new entries on contemporary Asian artists, 63 updated entries on Asian artists, and 50 new images of Asian artists’ signatures.
Also new to the site are 33 entries on 20th century photographers, as well as a new subject guide, Renaissance paragone: disegno and colore.
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. 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.
- 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