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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Morgan Russell, Synchromy (detail), ca. 1914. Oil on composition board, 13 x 13 3/4 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase, 78.149. Estate permission courtesy Jean–Pierre Joyce

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:

  • Hopper’s Cool: Modernism and Emotional Restraint, by Erika Doss
  • Chamber Pots and Gibson Girls: Clutter and Matter in John Sloan’s Graphic Art, by John Fagg
  • Battle Station MoMA: Jacob Lawrence and the Desegregation of the Armed Forces and the Art World, by John Ott
  • “C. Peale Painted This in London in 1768”: Sources, Beauty, and Likeness in Boy with a Toy Horse, by Joseph Manca
  • Ivan Albright’s Ida and the “Corrugated Mush” of Flesh, by Elizabeth Lee
  • “America Waits”: Powering Francis Picabia’s 1915 Mechanomorphic Portraiture on the Pages of 291, by Hannah W. Wong

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.