American Art Review Study Project

American Art Review Volumes V through X


About the project

A special TFAO emphasis is building an online archive of material, authored by scholars and other informed individuals, beneficial for the study of art history in the United States. As a public service, without charge to readers, TFAO annually publishes a number of scholarly texts relating to American representational art in its online publication Resource Library.

Resource Library's chronological index lists thousands of articles and essays published for the public's benefit. TFAO has identified many more texts as candidates for online publishing. Long term goals of TFAO are to encourage owners of catalogue texts to provide free public access to them on their websites and for TFAO to provide access on its website to texts from rare catalogues and others not easily available elsewhere.

From 2004 through 2009 TFAO studied issues of American Art Review to find articles from that magazine and related catalogue essays that filled in gaps in knowledge within Resource Library for individual artists and topics. TFAO volunteers and contractors located copyright owners of American Art Review articles, or catalogue essays from which those articles were derived, and secured permission to reprint the texts, usually without illustrations. The paper-printed texts were converted to digital files and then published in Resource Library.

This study project is completed.




Please see TFAO's Author Study and Index to locate author names connected to American Art Review articles and related articles or essays published in Resource Library.


Wilson Henry Irvine and the Poetry of Light; essay by Harold Spencer is the complete essay from which an article, published in American Art Review's July-August 98 edition, was derived.
John Haberle: Museum Accession; article by Harriet G. Warkel is the same article published in American Art Review's September-October 2003 edition.

Project Status

Most recently assigned article in author alphabetical order

Judith K. Zilczer "Richard Lindner's Symbolic Universe" American Art Review February 97 (status)


Most recently score-rated article:

Louis Zona and Barbara Novak "A Portrait of America: The Nation & Ohio" American Art Review January-February 2007 (Volume XIX, Number 1) (status) period


As of 8/14/09, additional score-rated articles available for contracts:



As of 8/14//09, additional score-rated articles pending contract:



TFAO director's role

The director:

-- creates an "American Art Review study online worksheet" page for each article under study (see a sample form for a page placed on the TFAO website) to record status of an assignment. Copyright holder approvals and related correspondence are recorded online on the status sheet in an abbreviated fashion. Where appropriate, TFAO removes full email addresses and private phone numbers out of respect of the privacy of correspondents. Also, TFAO strives to remove from online-recorded correspondence any language of a personal or opinionated nature.
-- reviews the American Art Review article to confirm that the subject matter is American representational art
-- searches the TFAO website with keywords relevant to the American Art Review article to determine the level of (1) published Resource Library scholarship, (2) TFAO-referenced external links in TFAO's Distinguished Artists and Articles and Essays Online catalogues to determine the relevance rating for the recovery matrix score
-- also conducts a Google Books and Google advanced search as needed with keywords relevant to the American Art Review article to discover and review external links that are not yet TFAO-referenced external links in TFAO's catalogues to further determine the relevance rating for the recovery matrix score
-- studies (1) the author's history of publication in Resource Library, (2) the biographical information of the author(s) of the American Art Review article and (3) the employer of the author to determine the probability rating for the recovery matrix score
-- combining the relevance and probability ratings, assigns a recovery matrix composite score for the underlying essay or an article and place the score on the study project note for the text
-- creates a separate link on the appropriate Author Study and Index page to each study project note; the link is placed immediately after the listing of the American Art Review article being studied
-- copies the title of the article from the "American Art Review study online worksheet" page onto the appropriate Author Study and Index page


-- contracts with an independent party to complete a process leading to pre-printing final check
-- checks the contractor's presentation package for quality and completeness
-- publishes the text in Resource Library
-- approves payment for completed work


Contractors' role


-- enter into an independent contractor agreement with TFAO for processing specified texts. For information on contracting opportunities please click here.


About American Art Review

American Art Review, ISSN 0092-1327, is published on paper and noted for its scholarly content by both senior authors and younger scholars. Tel 913.451.8801. The time period focus of American Art Review is from the Colonial era through 1970. The first issue of Volume 1 of the magazine was published in September, 1973. Publication was suspended with Volume 4 in November, 1978. Publication resumed with Volume V in the Summer of 1992 and continues to the present. In the 19th century there was a journal with a similar title, The American Art Review: A Journal Devoted to The Practice, Theory, History and Archaeology of Art edited by S.R. Koehler.

American Art Review provides a useful yardstick to measure annual scholarly output relating to museum exhibitions and other happenings concerning American art. Texts relate for the most part to contemporaneous museum exhibitions. The publication does not attempt, however, to cover all exhibits during a year. Since American Art Review editors are distinguished in the field of art history, the exhibits and contributing authors vetted by them for inclusion in the publication are of significance.


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