About the Journal

The journal 21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual – Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und visuellen Kultur was launched in September 2019, establishing a new forum for art history. This forum aims to embrace the full range of diverse objects, questions, and methodologies that comprise and enrich the discipline. Answering the call to this openness in subject matter, 21 will be available online as an Open Access eJournal, so that it is freely accessible to the widest possible audience.

The choice of the title indicates the intent of the editors – Beate Fricke, Ursula Frohne, Karen Lang, Karin Leonhard, Avinoam Shalem und Michael F. Zimmermann – to expand the boundaries of traditional art history by integrating all methodologies and subject matter related to images and visual phenomena around the globe. The journal seeks to publish methodologically and theoretically rigorous contributions that can claim a relevance for their topic beyond exemplary single-case studies. All contributions will be double blind peer reviewed. The multilingual aspect of art history and visual studies will be reflected in the multiple languages in which the journal is published: Contributions are welcome in English, German, French, and Italian! In our reviews section, we strongly encourage reviewing books and exhibitions in languages that differ from the original.

21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual — Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und visuellen Kultur will be available beginning in Spring 2020 as Open-Access-eJournal (gold) in cooperation with the digital art history resource arthistoricum.net (sponsored by the German Research Foundation, DFG) and with technical support from Heidelberg University Publishing. Issues of the journal will appear quarterly. These will be available at no cost through the ejournals-Plattform of arthistoricum.net. A newsletter will inform readers about forthcoming issues. The journal will also be available as a hard copy (information on subscription and rates can be found here).

The publishers look forward to your future support for this endeavor to establish an international Open-Access journal of the highest quality for the discipline of art history. We also look very much forward to receiving your submissions and manuscripts, and ask you to help us with your critical acumen and suggestions by reading

21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual — Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und visuellen Kultur.

Sincerely,
Beate Fricke, Ursula Frohne, Karen Lang, Karin Leonhard, Avinoam Shalem and Michael F. Zimmermann.