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Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns

A leading figure in American Pop art, Jasper Johns employed familiar subjects such as the American flag and shooting target, noting that using “things the mind already knows” gave him “room to work on other levels.”

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara

Emanating feelings from rebelliousness to boredom, Yoshitomo Nara’s iconic images of glowering children speak to the complexities and contradictions of childhood and individual experience.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 25 new and 10 revised articles, as well as 7 new images and 344 emendations. Benezit publishes 17 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.