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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799 to the designs of architect Lal Chand Ustad, the celebrated eastern façade of the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur filters light and funnels cool air with a honeycombed structure of enclosed overhanging balconies (jharokhas) with ornamented lattice screens (jalis), offering a visually protected vantage point for women in the court of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.

Ed Ruscha

Work by Ed Ruscha

Spanning more than half a century, the work of Ed Ruscha draws on graphics, typography, and cinematography to explore the interplay of text and image. Pairing commonplace scenes of the America West, Hollywood, suburbia, and highways with divisive text or signage, Ruscha produces ironic and at times sinister imagery.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 13 new and 47 revised articles, and Benezit publishes 6 updated biographies.

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Letter from the Editor

Read a letter from the Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Dr. Valerie Cassel Oliver, discussing her editorial approach and the work underway to expand Benezit’s coverage of emerging artists, varied media, and artists of diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Image of the TEFAF

Grove Guide to the Art Market

Explore the new Grove Art subject guide on the art market, which brings together articles related to finance, art law, provenance, cultural heritage, collecting, connoisseurship, galleries, auction houses, and dealers.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.

Latin American Art

Latin American Art

Grove Art continues a major initiative to revise and expand Grove’s content on Latin American art and architecture. Led by Tom Cummins at Harvard University, this project includes scholarship on topics from the Pre-Columbian period to present day. 


SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

What's new in September 2020

In this update, Grove Art publishes 13 new and 47 revised articles, and Benezit publishes 6 updated biographies.

AUGUST 11, 2020

What's new in August 2020

In this update, 192 emendations have been published across both dictionaries.

JULY 13, 2020

What's new in July 2020

In this update, Grove Art publishes 30 new and 26 revised articles, as well as 3 emendations across both dictionaries.