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.

Learn more about American Art's new professional development program, Toward Equity in Publishing.

Current Issue - Summer 2022

Leonard Freed, Harlem, New York, 1963 © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

In the Summer 2022 issue of American Art 

  • Commentaries on art institutions and imperialism up, down, and across the Atlantic
  • Sarah-Neel Smith reveals Islamic forms in Frank Stella’s paintings
  • Nadya Bair discusses “concerned” photography’s first world tour

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.

Christina Michelon is the recipient of the 18th Annual Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article "The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss, and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait." Louise S. Siddons received an honorable mention for her article, "Red Power in the Black Panther: Radical Imagination and Intersectional Resistance at Wounded Knee.”

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."

Call for Papers: "Copyright and Creative Practice," deadline extended to August 15, 2022

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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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