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August 2016 Update

New to Grove Art

Latin American art and architecture
128 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.

Art markets and law
With the guidance of advisory editor Dr. Darius Spieth of Louisiana State University, Grove has continued to expand and update its content on art markets and law and the history of collecting. This update brings us new articles on Moral Rights of Art, Primary and Secondary Markets, and Heinz Berggruen as well as revised articles on J. Paul Getty and Provenance.

American art and architecture
Grove is pleased to add 4 new and revised articles on American art to the site, including a new article on Spirituality and art in the United States, as well as updated entries on Brutalism, Environmental art, and Industrial design.

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. 15 revised articles were added this update, including updates on England, Rome, and Military architecture and fortification, as well as articles on Roman buildings and monuments such as the Vatican, Pantheon, and S. Costanza.

New images
This update sees the addition of over 75 new images including Frida Kahlo's Henry Ford Hospital and Diego Rivera's Man at the Crossroads mural. Multiple images added to biographies of Latin American artists, including Francisco Toledo, Tunga, and Fernando Botero, as well as our articles on photography in China and Japan.

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 Japanese prints and books, Native North American art and Chinese ceramics, as well as biographies of painter and printmaker George Bottini and sculptors Marc Quinn and Alexander Calder. Other entries with recently updated bibliographies include Mexican artists Agustín Arrieta, Manuel Ocaranza, and Saturnino Herrán.

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, Dr. 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.

Contemporary Art
Listen to Editor in Chief Kathy Battista interview artist Robert Whitman and Julie Martin, Benezit author and Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), as part of a two-part installment of the Oxford Comment podcast series.

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. In August, we add 51 artists' signatures to the site, including George Condo, Zhang Xiaogang, and Morris Cole Graves, and 54 new artists' portraits (see, for example, Anders Zorn). 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.

User feedback

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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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