Judith Dobryzynski, in her Wall Street Journal review of "Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, says that the exhibition illustrates "how artists used landscapes to make statements" rather than focusing on the artistic merits of the works.
This is not news — it was announced a couple of weeks ago — but I haven't had a chance to post the images. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has added to its collection two 19th century works by Whistler and Eakins, an early 20th century work by Alfredo Ramos Martínez and contemporary works by Jeffrey Gibson and Maya Lin.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has finally gotten around to announcing its acquisition of Jasper Johns' "Flag" (1983, encaustic on silk flag on canvas), earlier reported by Culturgrrl (Lee Rosenbaum) and Eye Candy. The museum has also announced the acquisition of four works by Louise Bourgeois: two sculptures, the monumental arachnid "Maman" and "Quarantania," and two paintings, "Connecticutiana" and "Untitled (1947)." (The latter reminds me of Marcel Duchamp's "Chocolate Grinder No. 2," which is neither here nor there.)
"State of the Art" coming to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in September will feature more than 200 works by 102 artists selected by museum President Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood, including work by painter Guy Bell, ceramicist Linda Lopez, printmaker Delita Martin and conceptual artist John Salvest, all of Arkansas.