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Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov

The work of photographer Boris Mikhailov examines the Soviet and post-Soviet reality in his hometown Kharkiv, Ukraine, and his affinity for stark nudity led the KGB to accuse him of pornography with his first exhibition.

Vlada Ralko

Ellsworth Kelly

The paintings of Ukranian artist Vlada Ralko show a radical departure from her traditional Soviet-style art education, with distortion and fragmentation of the human form, as well as expressive colors and brushwork.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 3 new and 39 revised articles, as well as 18 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 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.