Sheila Gallagher, Plastic Lila, 2013; Melted plastic on armature; Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Photo: Stewart Clements Photography

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

January 29 – March 26, 2017

Organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Over the course of one year, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Traveling to communities large and small, the museum found artists whose work engages broad audiences, demonstrates a high level of skill, and sparks conversation about important issues of our times. This one-of-a-kind
exhibition, drawing from nearly every region, offers an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art. State of the Art brings together works in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, fiber, sculpture, video, ceramics, installation, and more. The exhibition examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and

 


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