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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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Lorna Simpson

Work by Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson began as a photojournalist, and her work has retained a connection between photograph and text, exploring the experience of African American women in contemporary society. She often portrays the black female body and its frequent encounters with micro-aggressions and projected stereotypes of black female sexuality.

William H. Simpson

William H. Simpson

In the 1850s, William H. Simpson worked in Boston as a celebrated portrait painter, best known for his portraits of abolitionist Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and his wife, Caroline.

In this update, Benezit publishes 43 emendations.

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.