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James Van Der Zee

James Van Der Zee

Photographer James Van Der Zee documented Harlem’s growing middle class in the 1920s, with distinctive studio portraits of African Americans and photographs of weddings, funerals, and Harlem social life.

Yves Tanguy

Yves Tanguy

Embracing Automatism, Surrealist Yves Tanguy valued the expression of the subconscious and created images heavy with apprehension and threat.

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

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.