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In the Fall 2023 issue of American Art:
- Commentaries on creativity and intellectual property: from battlefield sketches to animal selfies
- Augusta Savage’s public monuments to Black icons---an unrealized present
- Contemporary photographs of ethnic drag in military training exercises
- Robert Rauschenberg’s journalistic solvent transfers
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Sami Siegelbaum is the recipient of the 19th Annual Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for his article “Christopher D’Arcangelo Speculates: Transcending the Art-Labor Dialectic in Post-Fiscal-Crisis New York.” Read it in the Spring 2022 issue of American Art.
The Summer 2019 issue of American Art is our current open-access issue: read it for free!
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heather ahtone, First Americans Museum
Kirsten Pai Buick, University of New Mexico
Mary Coffey, Dartmouth College
David J. Getsy, University of Virginia
Anne Collins Goodyear, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Michael Hatt, University of Warwick
Chon A. Noriega, University of California, Los Angeles
Jolene Rickard, Cornell University
Nizan Shaked, California State University, Long Beach
Louise Siddons, University of Southhampton
Cherise Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Shawn Michelle Smith, School of the Art Institute of Chicago