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State of the Art

This Is The State Of American Art

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts

It's a basic assumption in certain circles that life ends west of the Hudson River, and doesn't start back up until Los Angeles. But there is one plac...

State of the Art: The Installation Begins

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the Museum's opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

State of the Art: Studio Rodeo

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

In selecting artists for State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Curator for Special Projects, Chad Alligood, visited nearly 1,000 artists around the country.

State of the Art: The Kindness of Strangers

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Ten thousand artists is a lot of people. Even with a small army of research assistants, it would have taken years for a two-man team to produce a list of that magnitude. But the idea of State of the Art is based on immediacy: works produced within the past three years or so.

State of the Art: At Journey's End

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Chad Alligood and President Don Bacigalupi have recently wrapped up their epic adventure: meeting and talking with nearly 1,000 artists all across the United States in preparation for an unprecedented exhibition called State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

Notes from the Road: Artists at Work

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

As Chad and Don are beginning to wrap up their long months of studio visits, we've been talking with them to get a sense of the big picture in America...

Notes From the Road: Las Vegas and Beyond

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 05.14.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood have been traveling around the United States for the better part of the past year, visiting artists in every region of the country in preparation for the exhibition. Chad stopped in the Museum offices this week long enough to answer a few questions.

Notes From the Road: Little Rock

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Delita Martin's sharp relief prints bring together history, memory and imagination to create images of African-American women that serve as icons of strength and community.

Notes From the Road: Phoenix

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Her large, richly detailed and colorful paintings begin with the anatomical structure of the human body, but manage to fold in the artist's love of the maps collected by her grandfather.

Notes From the Road: Boston

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Cobi Moules's paintings of landscapes honor the traditions of the Great American Landscape as envisioned by the Hudson River School painters while at the same time recognizing some diminishment of those landscapes brought about by modern accessibility.

Notes From the Road: Seattle

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

The experience becomes a meditation on compassion, human perception, and the long expanse of time.

Notes From the Road: Texas

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

In San Antonio, we visited the studio of artist Vincent Valdez. In his cinematic, photorealistic paintings, Valdez mines deeply personal imagery to tell stories with historical gravity and contemporary resonance.

Traveling the U.S., Discovering American Art Now

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

400 artist studios in 40 cities. That's the current count of where Chad Alligood, Crystal Bridges' assistant curator for special projects, and I have traveled this summer and fall, crossing thousands of miles of this amazing country.