Reviews and Awards

Reviews, Oxford Art Online and Grove Art

“Describing the evolution of Oxford Art Online illuminates its primary importance as a visual arts resource...” 

Against the Grain, September 2011

“The worst thing that can be said about Oxford Art Online is that it is so captivating and attractive that it requires a certain amount of discipline on the part of researchers just to stay on task. It will meet the needs of scholars and teachers at the college and university level and give their students a thorough grounding in the artists and research topics they’re investigating. This is as classy as it gets.”

Library Journal, January 2011

“Oxford Art Online is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. It is the ultimate, online gateway to critical reflection on art and artists.”

The Charleston Advisor, January 2010

“A first step for researchers, Oxford Art Online also offers multiple options for teachers and for students learning research strategies. With its multiple vetted sources that include signed entries and bibliographic references, and the frequent updates and choice of search options that differentiate it from the print versions, Oxford Art Online is a highly desirable resource.”

Choice, September 2008

“[Grove Art Online] is a magnificent resource: a vast encyclopaedia of art, with both internal and external hyperlinks to even more material...what sets this site apart is the sheer quality of the source information...This is a remarkable resource and one which is well worth paying for.”

The Guardian, June 2004

“[Grove Art Online is] a core reference database of enormous value.... The depth of information and extensive coverage of world art places this product in a class of its own...” 

Library Journal/Netconnect, Spring 2003

Reviews, Benezit Dictionary of Artists

“La bible du marché de l’art.”

Le Monde, April 2006.

“The most comprehensive listing on an artist available anywhere.”, May 2006. 

“The standard biographical listing of artists, outdoing similar resources in both size and scope.”

Library Journal, June 2006.

“Un must.”

Beaux Arts Magazine, July 2006.

“One of the art world’s more important dictionaries.”

ARTnews, Summer 2006. 

“Of inestimable value.”

Reference & Research Book News, November 2006.

“The book of first (and last!) resort.”

Choice Magazine, February 2007.

“The largest up-to-date compilation of artist biographical information in print.”

Art Libraries Journal (ARLIS UK & Ireland), March 2007.

“The classic and seminal reference publication.”

Art Documentation, Volume 6, n° 1, 2007.


  • 2014 – The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, World Book Award, Republic of Iran
  • 2012 – Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture, Best Reference Source (print) — Library Journal
  • 2009 – Outstanding Academic Title – Choice
  • 2003 – Grove Art Online, “A” rating for electronic art resources — Library Journal/Netconnect
  • 2000 – Grove Art Online included in Best of the Web in a review of 260 sites — Forbes
  • 1999 – Outstanding Academic Title — Choice
  • 1999 – One of the 50 Best Reference Sources of the Millennium — Library Journal
  • 1999 – Editor's Choice — Reference Books Bulletin