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This Is How American Art Has Changed Over The Last 100 Years

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.27.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the great art patrons of the 20th century who built the nation's first modern art museum in Washington is offering a broad ...

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: The Pacific Northwest

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

On one particularly intriguing visit, we meet Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace, who have worked collaboratively since meeting at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle in the late 1970s.

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.

Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Turns 62 Today

Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts

On a day like today, American illustrator Norman Rockwell created "Saying Grace," capturing a Mennonite family praying in a bustling restaurant. Rock...

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.

The Last One of a Kind

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Sarah O'Leary

Recently I discovered that the 8-foot tall turn of the century wooden playground slide in the middle of my living room might be the last one like it o...

Last Weeks for Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

It is still not too late to see Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin -- a gem of a small exhibit which closes October 27th

Summer Travels & the 1 Million Visitor Milestone (VIDEO)

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

In 2011, with the museum still under construction and planning its debut, many in the art world were questioning the viability of an art museum in small town Arkansas.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Terence Clarke

Those of us who live in California know quite a lot about Richard Diebenkorn. One of the great American artists of the 20th century, Diebenkorn is noted for, among other things, his long sojourns in Berkeley and Santa Monica.

Prominent Artist's First D.C. Show (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.27.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "I try to make work about things that matter," Kerry James Marshall says to describe his art, which uses paint and canvas to tell storie...

Celebrating Women Artists Every Day of the Year

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Today at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a new installation in our 20th century galleries is brimming with great works by women. These range from a Miriam Schapiro "femmage" to one of Susan Rothenberg's breakthrough horse paintings of the mid-1970s.

Visiting With Villareal, Part 1: A Conversation About Buckyball

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Buckyball made its debut this week as the first temporary sculpture installation on Crystal Bridges' trails and grounds, mesmerizing viewers with its endless color variations. Leo Villareal, the visionary artist who created the work, spent several days here.

Americans in the Armory

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

Up for a month, the 1913 show of 1200 works, sponsored and curated by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS), Inc., was seen by over 100,000 New Yorkers before traveling (in a smaller version) to Chicago and to Boston.

On Michael Rosenfeld's Benny Andrews: There Must Be a Heaven

Bobby Elliott | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
Bobby Elliott

Although Andrews has become known for his later images, which were typically easier and lighter, the strength of There Must Be a Heaven lies in showing how long it took for Andrews to get to a place of peace.

Discover Norman Rockwell as a Painter at American Chronicles

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell presents an opportunity for Crystal Bridges guests to really look at Rockwell as a painter, distinct from our knowledge of him as an image-maker or illustrator or commercial artist.

Americana Art: A Slice of the American Life

NYC-ARTS | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

Americana art isn't just about patriotic flags and prints of Uncle Sam. It is a unique slice of the American experience. The term is used to categoriz...

Goodwill Painting Sells For Thousands

Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts

Earlier this summer, North Carolina artist Beth Feeback discovered the Goodwill find of a lifetime, nabbing an authentic abstract painting by Ilya Bol...

Where Culture Goes to Die?

Paul Klein | Posted 08.10.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Published criticism of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art mostly addresses the folly of taking art to the hinterlands where the philistines will have no idea, to say nothing of appreciation, of what's going on. That's not what I experienced.

Famous Abstract Painting Found At Goodwill

Posted 07.24.2012 | Arts

Every once in a while we hear about some thrift shopper hitting the antique lottery, stumbling upon a Picasso at a local Volunteers for America or unk...

'Youth And Beauty' Of The 1920s

Posted 07.05.2012 | Arts

The best summer shows are light and refreshing while still having the power to transport you from your surroundings. Since no era was as intoxicating ...

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York and the Challenge of a Rural Art Museum

Paul D'Ambrosio | Posted 08.19.2012 | Arts
Paul D'Ambrosio

Rural art museums face distinct challenges when it comes to building audiences for exhibitions and programs.

The Artist's Perspective -- Frieze Art Fair New York

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Barbara Ernst Prey

Although I was born in New York, grew up in New York and now live in New York, it was my first visit to Randall's Island in Manhattan -- just to see the inaugural Frieze Art Fair.

Mike Kelley (1954-2012) And Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) Have Gone Home

John Seed | Posted 06.09.2012 | Arts
John Seed

They were two American artists who, in their striking divergence, tell the story of a nation whose center seems ready to tear apart. Stress makes people look for extreme solutions, both in life and art.

Art: Good, Bad and Ugly...

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.08.2012 | Arts
Edward Goldman

If an exhibition intrigues and inspires me, then there is a chance that you will also be curious enough to jump in a car to see it. And to hell with the bad and mediocre stuff. There is always plenty of it. Why bother?