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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Thornton Dial Sr., The Beginning of Life in the Yellow Jungle (detail), 2003. Plastic soda bottles, doll, clothing, bedding, wire, found metal, rubber glove, turtle shell, artificial flowers, Splash Zone compound, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood, 75 x 112 x 13 in. Private collection. Image courtesy Pitkin Studio/Art Resource, N.Y. Permission courtesy Souls Grown Deep © Thornton Dial Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS) N.Y.

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:

  • Ben Shahn: Aggrieved Men and Nuclear Fallout during the Cold War, by Cécile Whiting
  • Group f.64, Rocks, and the Limits of the Political Photograph, by Ellen Macfarlane
  • LeRoy Neiman and the Art of Network Sports Television, by Travis Vogan
  • Willem and Elaine de Kooning Visit the Barnes Foundation, by Judith Zilczer
  • The Sentimentality of Ree Morton's Signs of Love, by Susan Richmond
  • An Eternal Flame: Alfred Stieglitz on New York's Lower East Side, by Tara Kohn

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.