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Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey

In The Birmingham Project, photographer Dawoud Bey examines the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; Bey’s diptychs pair African American children the same age as the four girls and two boys who perished that day with adults fifty years older, their age had they survived.

Video Games and Art

video games and art

The conceptual and technical sophistication of video games increased dramatically in the 21st century, and with it, the capacity for artistic practice to engage with the medium.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 201 articles with updated structure and 6 emendations.

Explore the full list of what has been recently published and revised on Oxford Art Online.

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.

Pronunciation Guide for Artist Names

Pronunciation Guide for Artist Names

Explore the new Grove Art pronunciation guide to the names of modern and contemporary artists.  Listen to recordings of scholars pronouncing a selection of names from Ann Demeulemeester to Cai Guo-Qiang to Francisco Zúñiga.

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. 


DECEMBER 8, 2021

What's New in December 2021

In this update, Grove Art publishes 201 articles with updated structure and 6 emendations. 

NOVEMBER 22, 2021

What's New November 2021

In this update, Grove Art publishes 13 new and 8 revised articles, as well as 12 emendations. Benezit publishes 39 revised entries.

OCTOBER 13, 2021

What's New October 2021

In this update, Grove Art publishes 174 revised articles, and 12 emendations.