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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Francis Picabia, Self-Portrait, 291, nos. 5–6 (July–August 1915). Relief print on Japan vellum paper, sheet 17 5/16 x 11 3/8 in. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Katharine Graham © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y./ADAGP, Paris

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:

  • A set of commentaries that works against the grain of familiar nationalist and formalist narratives about modern American art history to consider an expanded field, by Tirza True Latimer, Jacqueline Francis, Carolyn Kastner, ShiPu Wang, and Christopher Reed
  • Bursting the Bubble: John Quidor’s Money Diggers and Land Speculation, by Ross Barrett
  • Pan-Americanism, Patriotism, and Race Pride in Charles White’s Hampton Mural, by Breanne Robertson
  • Orders of Law in the One Year Performances of Tehching Hsieh, by Joan Kee
  • Of Mules and Men: Winslow Homer’s Rainy Day in Camp, by Akela Reason
  • The Italian Renaissance in American Gothic: Grant Wood and Piero della Francesca, by Luciano Cheles

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.