Prelude to Posts on Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges 19th Century Galleries, Photo by Eric MillerThe Crystal Bridges Museum of Art is more than I expected. While I expected to see great things, the assemblage of American Art is an outstanding achievement. Many of the paintings that line the walls of the Moshe Safdie-designed buildings are exceptional examples of works both of the period, and of the particular artist. That’s what I didn’t expect. I expected any collection spanning the history of American Art assembled recently would have a few landmark pieces, like Durand’s Kindred Spirits, and a lot of works by important artists that maybe aren’t so important. These are, after-all, hard things to collect, even with the power that comes with lots of money. There’s no want for quality, however.

I also didn’t expect the eye on contemporary to be so comprehensive. The works there are just as important and superb as those in the early -Victorian American galleries. And they’re all housed in a beautiful space. Yes, you have to go to Arkansas to see it, but it’s well-worth the effort.

In the coming posts we will relay information on our experience visiting this fine American collection.

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Eric Miller is a web publisher, writer and show promoter. He is a partner in Stripe Specialty Media and Vintage Promotions, LLC which produces the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, the Texas Art Collector Show and Sale, Vintage Garage Chicago and other events. Eric's public relations work has resulted in placements in the Boston Globe, Maine Antiques Digest, Antiques and the Arts, Antique Trader, the New York Post and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in publications including San Francisco Downtown, InPittsburgh and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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