Volume 21, Issue 3 | Autumn 2022

Editors’ Welcome

After publishing our special summer issue on nineteenth-century French drawings, guest-edited by Britany Salsbury—which we hope you have read with interest—we return to our regular fall issue. As you will see, it has a new feature in the review section focused on innovative installations of nineteenth-century art at museums in Europe and the United States.

A few years ago, we decided to engage more actively with our editorial advisory board. Facilitated by Zoom, we now have regular meetings, which thus far have been quite productive. Our section “Practicing Art History,” started in fall 2021, is one result of those meetings. The reviews of new museum installations of nineteenth-century art in this issue is another. We hope you will enjoy reading them and consider proposing other topics for reviews to David O’Brien, our book and exhibition reviews editor.

Speaking of “Practicing Art History,” the current issue features a contribution by Allison Leigh. It shows how the practice of art history may be seriously affected by contemporary events, political and otherwise. In a quite personal way, Leigh, an historian of nineteenth-century Russian art, describes how the war in Ukraine has shaken all aspects of her practice.

In the past few months, we have given quite a bit of thought to our peer review process, partly as a result of our participation in a session on peer review at the 2022 College Art Association meeting. After having considered various new modes of peer review (open, collaborative, etc.), we decided to stick to the double, anonymous peer review we have practiced until now. However, to make the process more transparent, we will, starting with this issue, publish the instructions that we send to reviewers on our site so that authors know in advance by what criteria their submissions will be judged.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have peer reviewed submissions for us over the years. We have been impressed by the level of care you have given to the task and the constructive criticism you provided. It is not for nothing that so many articles published in NCAW have a note in which authors thank the “anonymous peer reviewers” who read their initial drafts. Indeed, the quality of our articles increases immensely through the comments of our referees—the unsung heroes and heroines of NCAW!

This is the first regular issue edited by our new copyeditor Robyn Roslak. We are grateful to her and to our web developer Allan McLeod for their professionalism as well as their flexibility and patience.