Crystal Bridges Exhibition Reveals Alice Walton's Love of American Watercolors

  • January 07, 2014 22:25

  • Email
Georgia O'Keeffe, Evening Star II, 1917, Watercolor on paper.
Photography by Dwight Primiano. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Ark., will offer a diverse group of temporary exhibitions for 2014. Opening on January 18 are two exhibitions. One is centered on Edward Hopper’s Blackwell’s Island, a recently acquired work. (It sold at Christie's in May 2013 for $19.1 million.) Also, on view will be At First Sight: Collecting the American Watercolor which runs through April 21 and will reveal the museum founder's early influences.

Every art collector has a first love. For Crystal Bridges’ founder and board chairwoman Alice Walton, it was watercolor painting that initially drew her attention. At First Sight offers a glimpse into how her early interest in watercolor grew into a lifelong love of art.

John La Farge, Peonies in a Breeze, 1890. Watercolor and gouache on paper.
Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American ...

Making watercolor paintings has brought Walton great joy over the years, and it also contributed to her deep appreciation for the work of professional artists. Her initial interest in collecting watercolors grew into a fascination with American art, which soon inspired her to collect works by American artists in many media.  At First Sight: Collecting the American Watercolor offers the rare opportunity to view some of the paintings that sparked Walton’s earliest collecting interests, including works by Thomas Hart Benton, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and Georgia O’Keeffe. 

Other highlights for 2014 include a traveling exhibition of American and European masters of Modernism and a ground-breaking exhibition of contemporary American art. 

 

 

 

Tags: American art

  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Installation view, "Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art"

Virtually Tour the Stunning Installation of 'Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art' at Dallas Museum of Art

  • ArtfixDaily / March 30th, 2020

The Dallas Museum of Art has a virtual tour of its spring exhibition surveying representations of women in Mexican ...

Read More...
Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Escape Inside These Art Books From Currently Shuttered Museum Shows

  • ArtfixDaily / March 30th, 2020

Culture is not closed when you have a pile of new art books to get immersed in. Museum exhibitions temporarily out of ...

Read More...
Idelle Weber at her Brooklyn Heights studio, 1958.  Courtesy of Hollis Taggart and the Estate of Idelle Weber.  © Idelle Weber.

Idelle Weber, Pop-Art Icon, Remembered

  • ArtfixDaily / March 30th, 2020

New York art dealer Hollis Taggart has announced the death of Pop-art icon Idelle Weber. Weber passed away on March ...

Read More...
Van Gogh's "The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring"

Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Museum on the Artist's Birthday

  • AD / March 30th, 2020

A Dutch museum closed during the coronvirus pandemic was hit by thieves who took a painting by Vincent van Gogh. ...

Read More...

ARTFIXdaily Artwire