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 - Summer 2021

Front cover for Journal of American Art Summer 2021

Liza Lou, Kitchen (detail), 1991–96. Glass beads, wood, wire, plaster, and artist’s used appliances, 96 x 132 x 168 in. Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © Liza Lou. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Photo: Tom Powell

In the Summer 2021 issue of American Art

  • Louise Siddons finds intersectional images of Native activism on the pages of the Black Panther newspaper.
  • Samuel Dylan Ewing probes Lucas Samaras's psychedelic Polaroids.
  • Patricia Johnston shows that representations of Italian street vendors illuminate the histories of the nineteenth-century market for art reproductions.
  • Christina Michelon maps the complex relationship between death, enslavement, and the material culture of mourning in antebellum Maryland.
  • Elyse Speaks explores the notions of time, labor, domesticity, and care embedded in Liza Lou's Kitchen.

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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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