Dave Greber – Light and Color in Sinew-en-ciel Dave Greber discusses relationships between stained glass and video, and introduces Sinew-en-ciel....more
The ultimate road trip, to a thousand destinations, for one unforgettable exhibition. In 2013, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team hit the road to investigate what’s happening in American art today. Over the course of a year, the team logged more than 100,000 miles, crisscrossing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists.
Traveling to communities large and small, the Museum sought to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized on a national level. On their travels, museum curators conducted hundreds of hours of one-on-one conversations with artists in their studios.
The result of this unprecedented journey is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the US, offering an unusually diverse look at American art. State of the Art brings together the artwork of more than 100 artists, ranging from works on canvas and paper to photography and video to installation and performance art, and more. The exhibition examines the ways in which today’s artists are informed by the past, innovating with materials old and new, and engaging deeply with issues relevant to our times.
David Adey b. 1972 STUDIO IN SAN DIEGO, CA In an era ruled by mediated ways of disseminating information, how do we represent ourselves? David Adey’s work explores the fraught intersection between our physical bodies and the increasingly digitized world they inhabit. The theme is elegantly addressed in Hide, a series of cut-paper works...more
David Esterly b. 1974 STUDIO IN BARNEVELD, NY Dumbstruck by the virtuosity of the seventeenth-century Dutch-British woodcarver Grinling Gibbons, the young David Esterly dedicated himself to learning the art of carving wood. His choice was validated when he was commissioned to create the replacement for a work by Gibbons destroyed in the 1986 fire at Hampton...more
Delita Martin b. 1972 STUDIO IN LITTLE ROCK, AR Delita Martin’s colorful works combine printmaking, drawing, and painting to create images of African American women that serve as icons of strength and community. Combining strong line with a rich density of pattern and color, Martin’s portraits reflect not only the likeness of her subjects, but...more
Delita Martin – Draw, Paint, Print: The Artist’s Proces Delita Martin explains her process for printmaking....more
Dornith Doherty b. 1957 STUDIO IN DENTON, TX For the past five years, Dornith Doherty has been creating X-ray photographs of the plants and seeds safeguarded in the major seed banks around the world, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. Despite the scientific nature of her subject matter, and the clinical associations of...more
Elisheva Biernoff b. 1980 STUDIO IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA Elisheva Biernoff’s work ranges from monumental installations to tiny hyper-realist paintings. In each mode, the artist explores the “intersection of the spectacular and the everyday.” Often,her concerns relate to humans interacting with nature. In At Home, we are invited to contemplate two found—and carefully recreated—images together, noting...more
Elizabeth Alexander b. 1982 STUDIO IN LOWELL, MA In everyday language, to be “decorative” is also to be feminine, flowery, or delicate. In her work across various media, Elizabeth Alexander probes that traditional understanding of decoration by adding or subtracting it from existing objects, producing familiar-yet-alien forms that defy expectation. In her sculptural series Tea,...more
Emily Erb b. 1982 STUDIO IN PHILADELPHIA, PA Painting on silk allows artist Emily Erb to create fluttering works of uncanny beauty and detail, dense with images. The material has rich associations for the artist, both for its historical significance and its physical properties. Once used as currency in China, silk offers a tightly woven and...more
Eyakem Gulilat b. 1976 STUDIO IN NORMAN, OK Growing up in Ethiopia, Eyakem Gulilat was unfamiliar with the way his home country and its people were represented in the West until he moved to the United States in 1996. Through his work, he has applied photography and his new perspective as an Ethiopian-American to investigate...more
Fahamu Pecou b. 1975 STUDIO IN ATLANTA, GA In this drawing from Fahamu Pecou’s Gravity series, a shirtless black male figure, arms raised as if hiding his face, barely fits within the frame. Three pairs of patterned underwear peek out from his sagging pants, a style worn by some young men. Though the shape of...more
Flora C. Mace b. 1949 STUDIO IN SEATTLE, WA Plants are among the most delicate and ephemeral of living things. A flower may appear for mere days each year and then be gone. For centuries, scientists and artists have attempted to document the beauty and form of plants in many ways—pressing them into scrapbooks, drawing and...more
Gabriel Dawe b. 1973 STUDIO IN DALLAS, TX Read this interview’s transcript Gabriel Dawe’s installations of multicolored thread engage the eye and challenge our perception of space. At first, you may think you see a full spectrum of projected light: a rainbow of saturated hues shimmering on the walls and the floor. But as you...more
Gabriel Dawe – Hanging by a Thread: The Installation of Plexus No. 27 Gabriel Dawe installs his colorful work, Plexus No. 27, at Crystal Bridges....more
Ghost of a Dream Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was b. 1974 | 1977 STUDIO IN BROOKLYN, NY What do you want from life, and how do you hope to achieve it? Artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was, working in collaboration as Ghost of a Dream, use lottery tickets, romance novels, and other collaged materials in...more
Last week Crystal Bridges hosted our first public Symposium, focused on State of the Art and the artist’s relationship to his or her environment. (Watch this space for upcoming posts about those interesting artist/audience discussions.) On the Saturday of the Symposium, the Museum also offered a teen drawing class directed by State of the Art...more
Cooler weather is upon us, and many of us, including me, treasure those last warm days of the year. As an Art Instructor for a museum that has over 3.5 miles of winding trails, the opportunity to incorporate the natural beauty into lessons is too good to resist. Some of the artists in our exhibition...more
We know there are quite a few works in State of the Art with connections to Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. But did you know the Museum Store has a connection to a work in the State of the Art too? Much like Emily Erb’s artwork World Map, regional artisan Susan Tinker’s work uses the...more