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The Oxford dictionary of art /

Other Authors: Chilvers, Ian., Osborne, Harold, 1905-, Farr, Dennis, 1929-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1988
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Review by Choice Review

A ready-reference dictionary based on the three Oxford companions to art edited by the late Harold Osborne--The Oxford Companion to Art (1970), The Oxford Companion to the Decorative Arts (1975), and The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Art (CH, Dec '82)--this volume aims to be an overview of Western art forms and selected artists from antiquity to the present. Fields included are painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and design; biographies, terms, styles, and movements are covered. The scope has been enlarged to include noteworthy patrons, collectors, dealers, and art historians, and the number of entries on museums and galleries has been increased. Out of a total of 3,000, 300 new entries have been added. All major entries have been rewritten and most of the others have been revised. The entries are well written; cross-references are accurate and helpful. In order to compact the Companions, illustrations, bibliography, and long articles on individual countries have been omitted. More US artists have been included, although the selection seems a bit arbitrary. With an attractive lay out and clear print, the volume is easy to read and use. It is more up to date and has more and longer entries than The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists, ed. by H. Read and N. Stangos (rev. ed., CH, Jul '85). A handy ready-reference tool, keeping in mind the limitations of the originals. Recommended for college, school, and general libraries. -P. Brauch, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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Review by Booklist Review

This new edition expands by some 200 pages the 1997 second edition, adding more than 200 entries and a very helpful classified list of entries. The chronology and index of museums and galleries have been updated, while "A Selection of Christian and Classical Themes in Painting and Sculpture" has been dropped. The annotated index of museums and galleries contains complete contact information and focuses on "150 of the world's leading collections of Western art." As in previous editions, the focus is Western art beginning with classical Greece. According to the editor, "almost every entry has been amended in some way and many have been expanded or substantially rewritten." Of the 3,000 entries, about two-thirds are for artists, and the number of entries for people grows to around three-fourths of the total when patrons, collectors, administrators, dealers, and writers are added. Architects, designers, photographers, and practitioners of the applied arts are not the subjects of main entries unless they were also significant as painters, sculptors, printmakers, or draftsmen.\b \b0 There are 28 entries for artists of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean; most spent significant parts of their careers in Europe or the U.S. Wherever possible, all biographical entries now include places and exact dates of birth and death. Nonbiographical entries cover museums and galleries; academies, schools, and other institutions; exhibitions and prizes; styles, groups, and movements; materials, tools, and techniques; and miscellaneous terms. Other recent one-volume dictionaries of similar scope, size, and readability and with an emphasis on Western art include The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History 0 (Penguin, 2000) and The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists 0 (Yale, 2000). The former includes brief quotations by or about the artist for each artist entry. Neither these nor The Oxford Dictionary of Art 0 is illustrated. The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists 0 (Thames and Hudson, 1994), though shorter and less recent, includes 426 black-and-white illustrations and ventures more into non-Western cultures. All of these volumes are recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries, though none is as up-to-date as The Oxford Dictionary of Art.0 --Craig Bunch Copyright 2004 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

British art historian Chilvers has edited several Oxford references on art and literature, including the 1988 and 1997 editions of this acclaimed dictionary. Its new revised and expanded edition continues to focus on Western painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing from ancient times to the present and Western-inspired art. Geared to the general reader, it contains almost 3500 sophisticated but engagingly written entries and offers broad coverage of artists, movements, techniques, places, writers, and collectors, dealers, and art patrons. About three-quarters of the entries are biographical, the bulk of them about artists (none born after 1965). New entries have been added on contemporary artists such as Eva Hesse, Andy Goldsworthy, and Richard Serra and on topics such as video art and abstract impressionism. The new edition also boasts more complete birth and death places and dates, lists of entry titles grouped under various useful thematic headings, an updated chronology of major art works, and an up-to-date world wide directory of significant museums and galleries of Western art. Bottom Line More comprehensive than the Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (which covers only 1200 artists compared with Oxford's 2000) and more up-to-date than 1994's Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists, this work finds its closest competitor in The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists. The Oxford dictionary is, however, more accessible to general readers than the scholarly Yale dictionary and is more witty and lively if not better written. Perhaps not essential for collections with Chilvers's 2003 Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, this is otherwise recommended for all libraries. Ann Carlson, Oak Park & River Forest H.S., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Chilvers provides more than 3000 concise, lucid entries in this second revision of Harold Osborne's one-volume dictionary, which first appeared in 1988. A preface explains the scope: "-Western and Western-inspired painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing from ancient times to the present day," with the qualification that no artists born after 1965 have their own headings. An introductory list of entries, organized geographically and chronologically for artists, and then thematically (terms, techniques, academies, etc.) reveals the Anglocentric focus. Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, and Arthur Rackham mingle with Henry Moore and John Constable in the English lineup. Major African-American artists such as Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage, and Jacob Lawrence are absent. Chilvers fails to include the infamous Guerilla Girls, and he misstates the relationship between the National Gallery and the Smithsonian. Nancy Frazier's The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History (Penguin, 2001), with its interdisciplinary approach, quotes from each artist, and more inclusive scope, offers an alternative, although with fewer entries. Neither source has any pictures, a situation requiring the additional use of monographs or online resources for most questions.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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