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  • A comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911
  • Includes 149,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale

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Interview with Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey

Read an interview between Valerie Cassel Oliver and American photographer Dawoud Bey, known for his street photography and complex portraits that speak to collective memory. 

Lillian Pitt

Lillian Pott sculptures

From clay masks to bronze sculptures to tapestries, the diverse work of Pacific Northwest Native American artist Lillian Pitt carries an awareness of the deep histories of her people and their 12,000-year existence in the Columbia River Basin in Oregon

This month, Grove Art publishes 367 articles with updated structure as part of a project to increase discoverability and navigability of the dictionary, as well as 329 emendations as part of a related corrections process.

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 Benezit’s Editor in Chief, 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.

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.