American Art Journal

The leading peer-reviewed journal of American art history and related visual culture

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable source for scholars, educators, curators, museum-goers, collectors, and professors and students at colleges and universities worldwide. The journal critically engages material and conceptual conditions of art and provides a forum for the expanding field of American art history. It considers the role played by art in the ongoing transnational and transcultural formation of America as a contested geography, identity, and idea. Full-color plates and concise prose offer broad appeal.

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Current Issue - Spring 2022

Cover image:
Paul Cadmus, Seven Deadly Sins: Anger, 1947. Egg tempera on Masonite, 24 × 12 in. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1993 (1993.87.4) © 2021 Estate of Paul Cadmus / Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y.

In the Spring 2022 issue of American Art 

  • Breanne Robertson on Book of Mormon–derived visions of Mesoamerica.
  • W. Ian Bourland on Land Art on Indigenous lands.
  • Saul Nelson on Abstract Expressionism at the edge of nationalism.
  • Sami Siegelbaum on renovation as installation in 1970s SoHo.
  • Angela Miller on sin and satire in the work of Paul Cadmus.

American Art is committed to the principles of justice and equality expressed in the Statement from the Secretary of the Smithsonian from May 31, 2020.

Sascha Scott is the recipient of the 17th Annual Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article "Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawai'i? Decolonizing the History of American Modernism." Read it in the Summer 2020 issue of American Art.

The Summer 2019 issue of American Art is our current open-access issue: read it for free!

Also available for free is the 2019 Terra-prize winning essay from Paisid Aramphongpham, "An Artist in the Secular World: Paul Thek's Relics."

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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.

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