Archives of American Art Journal

First published in 1960, as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Archives of American Art Journal showcases new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources.

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Archives of American Art Journal: Spring 2019, Volume 58, Number 1

The spring 2019 issue of the Archives of American Art Journal (volume 58, no. 1) features research articles concerning African American modernist painting and politics, the social practice of gift-giving in the art world of the 1960s, and the economics of nineteenth-century art. Two shorter essays apply inventive methodological questions to American aestheticism. The first considers what the diary of Abbott Handerson Thayer’s physician-father might say (or not say) about medical themes in Thayer’s paintings, and the second focuses on letters to John Singer Sargent in the Archives’ collection, taking up the scholarly challenge of only having access to one side of an exchange.

First published in 1960, as the Archives of American Art Bulletin, the Archives of American Art Journal is the longest-running scholarly periodical devoted to the history of art in the United States. This peer-reviewed publication showcases new approaches to and out-of-the-box thinking about primary sources. All contributions must be appropriate for the journal's broad audience and engage in a substantial, meaningful way with the holdings of the Archives of American Art. 

With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in the US.

The Archives of American Art Journal is published twice a year, in the spring and fall.

About the executive editor: Tanya Sheehan is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Associate Professor of Art at Colby College and a research associate at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She has published widely on American art history and visual culture, race and representation, and the history of photography.

About the managing editor: Emily D. Shapiro's research concerns pre-1945 American art, with a focus on genre and still life. She has held curatorial positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and George Washington's Mount Vernon, and served as the editor for numerous scholarly museum publications. 

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