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  • Includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures

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The art market in the 21st century

The art market in the 21st century

The art market has expanded dramatically in the 21st century, reshaped by trends in the broader global economy. With the increasing concentration of collectors’ taste around contemporary art―and in particular, its reliably popular superstar artists―power has been consolidated in the hands of select players in the global market, including mega-galleries and multinational auction houses.

Ursula von Rydingsvard

Ursula von Rydingsvard

Conglomerated, layered cedar planks make up the massive wood sculptures of Ursula von Rydingsvard. Echoing architectural structures and domestic objects, her uneven, imposing works express the artist’s struggles with displacement and migration.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 9 new articles, 9 emendations, and 45 article revisions. Benezit publishes 1 emendation and 51 new articles.

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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.

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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.

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UpdateGAO

UpdateGAO is an ongoing initiative to revise Grove’s articles in collaboration with their original authors, yielding updates to reflect recent developments and new scholarship. Have you contributed to Grove and want to update your article(s)? Let us know.

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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. 

 

News

MARCH 27, 2019

What's new in March 2019

In this update, Grove Art publishes 9 new articles, 9 emendations, and 45 article revisions. Benezit publishes 1 emendation and 51 new articles.

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

What's new in February 2019

In this update, Grove Art publishes 9 new articles, 12 emendations, and 3 article revisions.

JANUARY 15, 2019

What's new in January 2019

In this update, Grove Art publishes 6 new articles, 49 emendations, and 4 article revisions. Benezit publishes 2 new entries and 10 emendations.