Thursday, July 17, 2014

The 'State of the Art' Four: Salvest, Martin, Bell, Lopez

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

click to enlarge "A Moment is Forgetfulness," Linda Lopez, ceramics and wood
  • "A Moment is Forgetfulness," Linda Lopez, ceramics and wood

The Arkansas Times will take its fourth Art Bus tour to 
click to enlarge "Cain and Abel," Guy Bell
  • "Cain and Abel," Guy Bell
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in November to see "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now," a showcase of more than 200 works by 102 contemporary artists from across the country, and when we get there we'll see works by four Arkansas artists among the crowd: John SalvestDelita MartinGuy Bell and Linda Lopez.

To select the artists represented in the exhibition, CBMAA president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood traveled a distance roughly equal to halfway to the moon to see the studios of 1,000 artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and other media. So intriguing was the idea for the show that the exhibit got advance write-ups in the New York TimesArt Newsthe Huffington PostArt Fix Daily and other arts-related publications. 

Initially a search for emerging artists, Bacigalupi and Alligood decided to focus on artists that may be known regionally but not nationally. "State of Art" features work by artists ranging in age from 24 to 87. 

Salvest would be the senior of the Arkansas artists. He's been making terrific 
click to enlarge "Forever," John Salvest, secondhand romance novels.
  • "Forever," John Salvest, secondhand romance novels.
conceptual art for years; you've read about his Memphis show "Disappearing Ink"; his Kansas city installation of shipping containers  "IOU/USA," his stamped-word work “Great American Novel,” his medicine cabinet in which painkillers spell out “Seize the Day” and his various takes on the American flag, one made out of bullets, another out of matchsticks, in the Arkansas Times over the years. Salvest has exhibited in galleries nationally and his work has been reviewed in such hallowed pubs as Art in America, The New York Times and The Village Voice. He is not unknown then, but could be better known, and it is satisfyingly ironic that an Arkansas museum could be the means to that end.

Printmaker Martin and painter Bell you read about in the "Take Five" cover story about narrative Arkansas artistin the June 5 issue of the Times. Lopez of Fayetteville is a ceramicist who was named a 2012 emerging artist
click to enlarge "The Dream Keeper," Delita Martin, mixed media
  • "The Dream Keeper," Delita Martin, mixed media
 by Ceramic Arts Daily. She is on faculty at the University of Arkansas and has shown her work nationally and internationally. 

Crystal Bridges has not released a full list of participating artists, but has provided these details: There are 54 male and 48 female artists in the show. By region, 26 artists were chosen from western states, 27 from the mid-Atlantic, 25 from the South and 24 from the East Coast. It also released a sample of images from the show and a bit about some of the artists:
“The exhibition is a glimpse into the state of art in our nation at this moment,” said Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi. “Presenting the exhibition at Crystal Bridges provides us an opportunity to see contemporary art in the broader historical context of the five centuries of American art in our collection, as well as connect us to what’s happening in American art at this moment. By examining a wide range of works by artists from across the country, we can gain insight into our nation as a whole: our collective passions, challenges, and concerns.”

For instance, in Boston, artist Nathalie Miebach’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science and translates meteorological events into woven sculptures. On the Umatilla reservation in eastern Oregon, James Lavadour responds in paint to his experience of the land and legends of his Walla Walla heritage. In Cincinnati, Terence Hammonds creates art installations that feature music and inspire dancing, yet reflect on our nation’s civil rights history. And in New Orleans, Gina Phillips weaves narratives in mixed media about family and sense of place.

The exhibit, which opens Sept. 13, will be staged in the 20th century gallery; the temporary exhibition galleries; on the grounds, including a a site-specific installation by Cleveland-based artist Jimmy Kuehnle and a sculpture by Boulder-based artist Kim Dickey, and in downtown Bentonville. An app, a catalog and videos of the artists in their studios are is being created for the exhibition.

click to enlarge "Mille‐Fleur," Kim Dickey, aluminum, glazed terracotta, silicon and rubber grommets
  • "Mille‐Fleur," Kim Dickey, aluminum, glazed terracotta, silicon and rubber grommets

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Speaking of...

  • Bell tolls: New gallery coming this summer

    April 29, 2015
    Artist Guy Bell has been dropping hints on Facebook that a new gallery is coming to Kavanaugh Boulevard in the Heights. Here's a little more: Bell and Louis France, owner of Reno's Argenta Cafe, will open a contemporary Southern art gallery mid-summer. Bell says it will include high-end consigned work from the early 20th century, primarily WPA and Ashcan School work. /more/
  • Head to the Hive with the Times (and see art, too!)

    April 24, 2015
    You've read here about chef Matthew McClure's nomination for a second James Beard nomination for his offerings at 21c Hotel's The Hive restaurant. You know The Hive was the 2014 winner of the Best New Restaurant award in our Readers' Choice issue. You've always wanted to travel to Bentonville to eat there, right? Now, on May 2, not only will the Arkansas Times take you to The Hive for dinner, we'll first satisfy your appetite for art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. /more/
  • Selfies, 'Eluvium and Formation': What's up Friday night in Argenta: UPDATE

    April 17, 2015
    Mugs Cafe — sounds like a place to see mugs, right? You will this Friday night, when you head to the cafe, 515 Main St. in Argenta, where "The Original Selfies — Artists Self Portraits" is on exhibit. Mugs is just one of nine venues that will be open for Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m., this month. /more/
  • Josephine Graham, Suyao Tian and Belgian blonde beer

    April 10, 2015
    The Historic Arkansas Museum's two new exhibitions opening today for tonight's 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m., contrast the old with the new: folk paintings from the collection by Josephine Graham (1915-1999) and digital imagery and photographs by UCA student Suyao Tian. /more/
  • Call for entries: Argenta ArtWalk

    April 10, 2015
    Independent artists take note: The Argenta CDC is inviting you to take part in Argenta ArtWalk, the monthly third Friday after-hours gallery stroll in downtown North Little Rock. The CDC provides 10-by-10-foot booths; you provide the tables, chairs and other furnishings. To apply, send three jpgs of work to be sold in your booth to or call 517-3127 for an application. Booths are $30. /more/
  • V.L. Cox, Paula Morrell off to D.C., with your help: UPDATE

    April 8, 2015
    Artist V.L. Cox's doors of discrimination — her "End Hate" installation that has provided the backdrop to Paula Morrell's "Tales from the South" broadcasts from members of the LGBT community and has been featured on the grounds of the state Capitol — are headed to the Lincoln Memorial on April 17. Morrell will be set up with a table and recording equipment alongside the installation to hear stories of discrimination from visitors to the memorial. They need your financial help to show the nation Arkansans are not all knuckle-dragging homophobes. /more/
  • Smart Drains call for smart art: A public art program

    April 8, 2015
    Audubon Arkansas, the city of Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center and other state and local groups are partnering on Drain Smart, a public art project in which artists will create murals on city storm drains to remind people that what goes down the drains — including trash — goes into streams that feed the Arkansas River. Deadline to submit applications along with a sketch of ideas is April 17. /more/
  • 'Art. Race. Identity.': Herman to talk about exhibition

    April 7, 2015
    "Art. Race. /more/
  • Egg artist is "Arkansas Living Treasure"

    April 6, 2015
    The 2015 Arkansas Living Treasure award for craftsmanship goes to Lorrie Popow of Hot Springs, who is known nationally for her egg art. She'll be honored at a reception from 5-7 p.m. May 12 at Garvan Woodland Gardens. /more/
  • Bisa Butler at Hearne Fine Art TODAY

    March 28, 2015
    Fabric artist Bisa Butler will talk at Hearne Fine Art today, March 28, at 2 p.m. See a slideshow of her wonderful work on the gallery website. /more/
  • More »


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • SoMa mural project needs you

    More than $1,100 has been raised this week by the Southside Main Street Project to paint a mural on the long, blank side of the United Systems of Arkansas building that faces Main Street at 12th street, across from Community Bakery.
    • May 26, 2015
  • Eyes, lips, stars, magic and silver at Argenta ArtWalk

    Argenta ArtWalk is 5-8 p.m. tonight in downtown North LIttle Rock. Eight venues are participating.
    • May 15, 2015
  • More »

Readers also liked…

People who saved…

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments



© 2015 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation