Chris Crosman, chief curator for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which will open in 2010 in Bentonville, revealed five acquisitions last week in a press conference in Bentonville. The works are modernist works from the early 20th century by Lionel Feininger, Yasua Kuni-yoshi, Stuart Davis, Bumpei Usui and Romare Bearden.
A lesson in art appreciation: Davis' 40-by-32-inch oil “Still Life with Flowers,” which was sold to Walton at auction in 2005 at Christie's New York for $3.152 million ($2.8 million plus the buyer's premium), was put on the block by an Illinois high school that had bought the painting in 1948 for $62.50.
Alice Walton has been collecting pieces for the museum for several years; until Thursday, 21 had been announced. Crosman told a reporter at the Sept. 28 reception for the museum's “Speaking of … Art” special lecture by philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto that the museum wanted to heighten its engagement with the public by revealing what's in the collection. That sounds like there will be more news in the near future.
*Hearne Fine Art, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exhibit of works by artists who've shown at the gallery over the years, will highlight fiber, pastels and wood marquetry at its 2nd Friday Art Night reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Quilt artist Bisa Butler will give a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hearne, followed by a talk and demonstration by pastel artist Mario Robinson at 2 p.m.
Other 2nd Friday Art Night events include opening receptions for “ ‘Eggs'travagent ‘Eggs'cessories: A Grade A ‘Eggs'hibition,” ceramic ova creations by Lynn Sudderth at River Market ArtSpace; a show of raku ceramics by Kelly Edwards at the Cox Gallery in the Cox Creative Cen-ter; and “Hannah Moore: Dialogues” at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Former Sen. David Pryor will also be at the HAM, signing copies of his book, “A Pryor Commitment.” Stella Fancy and the Winston Family Orchestra will perform.
Captain America fans will want to head to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to see cartoons drawn by Marvel artist Mitchell Breitweiser for the soon-to-be-released “Captain America: Operation Zero Point.” Breitweiser, of Little Rock, illustrated “Phantom Jack” for Image Comics before joining Marvel to draw “Captain America: The Chosen.” Elizabeth Breitweiser, Mitchell's wife, does the digital colorization of the drawings. Accompanying the show will be “Comic Vernacular,” works inspired by cartoons and comic books from the collections of gallery director Brad Cushman, assistant curator Nathan Larson and others. Breitweiser will give a talk at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 about the work.
Heights Corner Market, in the space occupied by Terry's Finer Foods since time immemorial at 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., is open and selling fresh flowers, produce (including locally grown food), meat, seafood, organic bath and body products and organic pet products from Stella's Barkery.
Blue Sail Coffee Roasters opens its shop Saturday, March 25, in the Little Rock Technology Park, 417 Main St. The grand opening announcement says the shop will be in business at 7 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.