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.
September 2014 Update
New to Grove Art
African Art and Architecture
Supervised by Dr. Steven Nelson of UCLA, this latest update expands Grove’s coverage of African art with 25 new and 39 revised entries. This group includes new biographies of Gavin Jantjes, Sue Williamson, and Sammy Baloji, as well as new subject entries on African film and on art festivals and exhibitions including Dak'Art, FESMAN, and FESTAC. Other additions include new essays on Mousgoum and Sudanic architecture and a new article chronicling modern art in Africa from the early 20th century through the 1960s.
Grove is also pleased to add 94 new and revised articles on American art to the site, with updated biographies on artists Dan Flavin and Richard Hunt, as well as architects Gordon Bunshaft, Maya Lin, and Victor Gruen. New entries include artist and architect Daniel Libeskind and American painter Mary Fairchild MacMonnies.
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. 174 medieval art entries were updated this May, including Giovanni Boccaccio, Merovingian art, and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
In this update, 111 new images have been added, including 25 new images from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection of African Art, with objects from the Baule, Yoruba, Baga, Mossi, and Nok cultures. New images also include work from contemporary African artists such as Jane Alexander, Ingrid Mwangi, Zineb Sedira, and Kendell Geers as well as architect David Adjaye.
Also with this update are iconic images such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks, as well as medieval objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum collections.
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 biographies of patron Sir John Thynne and fashion designer Carolina Herrera to subject entries on Neo-Impressionism, country houses, the Knights Templar, and Sound and art.
New to Benezit
Native North American artists
This update sees the addition of 70 new and 15 revised articles on Native North American artists, led by guest editor Stephanie Pratt. New articles on 20th-century Native American and First Nations artists include the biographies of Kelly Jean Church, R.C. Gorman, James Luna, and Rebecca Belmore. Revised biographies include Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Jimmie Durham.
Updated bibliographies and auction records
This update also includes 20 updated bibliographies of 19th-century French artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Odilon Redon, and Jean-Antoine Houdon, as well as 20 updated auction records of American artists such as Grant Wood, Lee Krasner, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
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. Read more about this project and how to get involved.
All users are welcome to email the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- May 2014: Global photography and decorative arts
- 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