American journal, first published in 1902 as Hyde's Weekly Art News. In 1904 the title changed to American Art News, in 1923 to The Art News, in 1941 to ART News, and in 1969 to ARTnews. On the way the journal changed from a newspaper to a magazine and from a weekly to a monthly (there are now eleven issues a year). It has by no means been devoted entirely to modern art, but as the oldest and most widely read art magazine in the USA it has played an important role in recording and sometimes shaping events; from the first it campaigned for the recognition and popularization of American art. The journal was prominent in promoting the work of the Abstract Expressionists and it had its greatest prestige and influence in the period of their dominance. It was in the magazine's pages that Harold Rosenberg first used the term Action Painting in print (December 1952); ‘Pollock Paints a Picture’ (May 1951), accompanied by some now celebrated photographs by Hans Namuth, helped to define Jackson Pollock's public image (similar articles on other artists in the movement followed).
Art News was also the title of a British periodical, the journal of the Allied Artists' Association, edited by Frank Rutter and launched in 1909. It soon merged with Art Chronicle.