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.
Latin American art and architecture
Led by Prof. Tom Cummins, this major project will revise and expand the dictionary's coverage in this area and include scholarship on topics from the Pre-Columbian period to the present day, resulting in the creation of a three-volume print work, the Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture. We look forward to publishing new articles on Pinturas de Castas [Casta Paintings], Nahum Zenil, Latin American Art Academies, and The Viceroyalty of the Philippines.
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. Articles published recently include Moral Rights of Art, Primary and Secondary Markets, and Heinz Berggruen This spring we look forward to publishing new articles on The Press and the Art Market, The Market for Photography, and Patrimony as well as new biographies on François Pinault and Sigismund Mannheim.
Articles on contemporary art continue to be added to Grove as part of a project led by Dr. Judith Rodenbeck. Among 30 new articles commissioned for forthcoming publication are Emory Douglas, Hito Steyerl, Marilyn Minter, and the collective Ant Farm.
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.
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.
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.
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 and listen to interviews with artist Robert Whitman, Julie Martin (Benezit author and Director of Experiments in Art and Technology [E.A.T.]), and artist Betty Tompkins in our Benezit series for the Oxford Comment podcast.
Our forthcoming articles focus on improving Benezit’s coverage of contemporary artists, with 32 new and 78 revised biographies including Diana Al Hadid, Banksy, Suzanne Lacy, Hank Willis Thomas, and more.
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.
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.
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.
- March 2016: Contemporary art, Latin American art, photography
- December 2015: Contemporary art, Russian and Eastern European artists
- August 2015: Most-researched artists and movements, South African artists
- April 2015: Art markets, user suggested updates
- December 2014: Architecture and the built environment, artists’ books
- September 2014: African art and architecture, Native North American artists
- 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