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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Miguel Covarrubias, Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art at the Museum of Modern Art (detail), 1940. Watercolor, 15 3/8 x 22 1/2 in. (sheet). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Gift of Sra. Rosa R. de Covarrubias, 1967.50. Permission courtesy Maria Elena Rico Covarrubias

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nation’s art and culture. American Art encompasses all aspects of the country’s visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Elegant color plates give the journal a distinctive appearance, and the articles are written in an engaging style.

Articles planned in the coming months include the following:

  • Paired perspectives on John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark, by Wendy Bellion and Mónica Domínguez Torres
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Erotics of Illness, by Alexis L. Boylan
  • Warhol’s Modern Dance of Death: Work and Text, by Bradford R. Collins
  • Televisual Process: Bruce Nauman’s Flour Arrangements at KQED-TV, by Sarah Hollenberg
  • How to Look at News Pictures in America, by Jason E. Hill
  • Charles Sheeler: Last Works, by Carol Troyen
  • An Appreciation of Thornton Dial, by Leslie Umberger

A one-year subscription for individuals costs $50, and provides full online access to all back issues of American Art. Members of Friends of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Associates, American Studies Association, and the College Art Association receive subscriptions at the discounted price of $40. The rate for students is $35. Higher rates apply for institutions.

For information on subscribing, purchasing single issues, or submitting articles to the journal, which is published for the museum by the University of Chicago Press, please visit This link also acts as a portal to the electronic edition of the journal.

For information on a publication prize for foreign scholars, please see the Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize.