When it comes to the word “diversity,” what are we really referring to?
Fay Jones was still a boy in Arkansas when he first heard of Frank Lloyd Wright.
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas — The recently minted Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has mounted a prodigious exhibition of contemporary art titled State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will sell one of its two oil paintings by artist Edward Hopper and use the money raised to increase acquisitions, particularly of contemporary art.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” This flippant platitude was once uttered by Sam Walton, the founder of the importunately ubiquitous Wal-Mart empire. One wonders what “Mr. Sam” would have to say about that after taking a gander at Bentonville today, the pint-sized hometown of one of his first successful stores, in northwestern Arkansas, where certainly neither capital nor vision are scarce. Then again, he also once opined that “high expectations are the key to everything,” and this cannot be denied in conjunction with Bentonville.
Fisk University in Tennessee came up against a tough decision: faced with financial struggles, they saw an opportunity to keep the school afloat by selling their impressive collection of art, including work by Renoir, Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Cézanne. However, all of this work had been given by Georgia O’Keeffe, who donated the collection, her late husband’s — the photographer Alfred Stieglitz — under the agreement that it never be sold or separated. After years of legal battles, those works will be going on display this fall at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Are American art institutions engaged in a Manichean battle between exclusivity and access? Will this be settled with a mud wrestling match between Crystal Bridges benefactor Alice Walton and MoMA director Glenn Lowry? Please, oh please, say it will be.
The future of Fisk University’s priceless art collection donated years ago by artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and known as The Stieglitz Collection, may be decided at a trial set to begin tomorrow after five years of legal wrangling.