Selva is an open access peer-reviewed journal of the history and historiography of art. We aim to move beyond the discipline’s present impasses by going to the roots of art historical method. In this sense our project is radical. The journal excavates previous iterations of art history, and also serves as a vantage from which to survey live problems in aesthetics, politics, and theory. Each issue examines a specific discourse of both historical and contemporary relevance. The publication accordingly balances translations and archival material with new articles on topics related to the theme of a given issue. Selva is meant to generate dialogue across disciplinary subfields. We intend to find out what remains vital, or at least instructive, in art history’s past; we ask what art history has been, what it could have been, and what it might become. We also hope, in however modest a way, to channel the study of art towards a more urgent engagement with our current state of crisis, both within and without the academy.


Daniel Marcus
Jennifer Nelson
Daniel Spaulding

Editorial board

T.J. Clark
Gail Day
Philipp Ekardt
Lisa Florman
Cécile Fromont
David Joselit
Joan Kee
Megan R. Luke
John MacKay
Jeremy Melius
Jason E. Smith
Christopher S. Wood
Rebecca Zorach

Reviews editor

Avigail Moss


Aaron Gemmill




Selva does not currently accept unsolicited drafts. If you would like to propose an article or special issue theme, please send an outline of your project to editorial@selvajournal.org.

ISSN 2770-4831