The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. is featuring a new exhibit, “Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from The Albright-Knox Art Gallery” from Feb. 21 through June 1.
Professor of art and design and department chair, Daniel Adams, believes that students would benefit from visiting Crystal Bridges.
“Crystal Bridges is a museum of American art, but much of what has influenced American art in the 20th century is the artistic avant-garde of the European world,” Adams said.
The visiting “Van Gogh to Rothko” art gallery features 76 masterpieces by 73 of the biggest names in art history including Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko. These pieces are on loan from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.
“The works have been arranged in chronological order by art movements, allowing visitors to follow the development of styles as they move through the gallery,” Crystal Bridges media relations manager, Beth Bobbitt said. “For art majors and non-art majors, these are the works that are literally in your art survey textbooks.”
Senior art major Danielle Griffith said she focuses on how important it is to enrich oneself with different artists and styles to stay inspired for personal works.
“If a young artist wishes to succeed it is important for them to see the professionalism and the business behind creating and selling art,” Griffith said.
Associate professor of art and design Steven Choate feels that Crystal Bridges is a much needed cultural addition to Arkansas.
“Properly speaking, to be effectively educated, one should be culturally literate,” Choate said. “Here is an opportunity for many who might not be able to afford to travel to Amsterdam, London, Paris or New York, to see these masterpieces on our own home turf, and thus grow in exposure, insight and knowledge, by viewing an exhibition of world class art.”
Admission to all temporary exhibitions is free for museum members and for ages 18 and under. General admission for adults is $10.