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Juan Quezada: pot, polychrome jar with Paquimé serpent and geometric design, (Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery); image courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery Juan Quezada: pot, polychrome jar with Paquimé serpent and geometric design, (Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery); image courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery Juan Quezada: pot, polychrome jar with Paquimé serpent and geometric design, (Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery); image courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

March 2016 Update

New to Grove Art

Latin American art and architecture
60 updated articles on Latin American art join Grove in this update as part of a major project to revise and expand the dictionary’s coverage of this area. Led by Prof. Tom Cummins, this project will include scholarship on topics from the Pre-Columbian period to the present day and will result in the creation of a three-volume print work, the Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture.

Contemporary Art
Five 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 Allan DeSouza, Zanele Muholi, and Samuel Fosso.

Over 100 articles on photography have been updated to reflect recent scholarship. Updated articles include Peter Magubane, Andres Serrano, Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, and Women and Photography.

American art and architecture
Grove is pleased to add 18 new and revised articles on American art to the site, including updated biographies of painter Thomas Hill, and architect Martin Wagner, and families Saarien and Tiffany. Other updated content includes city articles San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Minneapolis, as well as articles on Expressionism and Realism in the United States.

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 40 revised articles were added, including essays on Islamic gardens in Iran and western Central Asia, Classicism, and the Romanesque and Gothic periods, as well as cities such as Munich, Naples, and Oxford.

New images
This update sees the addition of over 40 new images including Edward J. Steichen’s The Pond, Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John the Baptist and Yinka Shonibare’s The Swing. Multiples images have been added to biographies of ceramicist Juan Quezada, and photographers Tetsu Okuhara and Flor Garduño, as well as city articles Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, and our article on Mayan Textiles.

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 entries on Still-life in Australian art, Neo-Platonism, and the American Academy of Fine Arts as well as biographies of printmaker Ferdinand Ruscheweyh, film maker John Dunkley-Smith, and patron Salomon Bartholdy. Other entries with recently updated bibliographies include Pre-Columbian sites Chan Chan, Chimú, and Marcahuamachuco.

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 Mikhail Shvartsman, Rimma Gerlovina, and Toomas Vint. This update is rounded out with 57 updated and revised biographiesincluding those of artists Léon Bakst, Konstantin Makovsky, and Semen Shchedrin. This update also includes 50 new images of artists’ signatures, including those of Konstantin Korovin, Ilya Repin, Yuri Annenkov, Aleksander Benois, and El Lissitzky.

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 Francis Bacon, Thomas Eakins, Emil Nolde and Edvard Munch.

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, Louise-Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun). 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


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. Read more about this project and how to get involved.

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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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