Alfred Maurer: Art on the Edge
October 10, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Crystal Bridges is an American modern art museum located in the charming small town of Bentonville, Arkansas. The glass and wood space was designed by Boston-based architect Moshie Safdie and opened its doors to the public in 2011. The museum sits on 120 acres of Ozark forest: the flow of the space is great, surrounded by nature and lots of water and connected by three miles of trails that are used for walking, running and biking. Outdoor sculptures by Keith Haring, Paul Manship, Roxy Paine, Mark di Suvero and James Turrell are some of the must-see pieces. The permanent collection boasts a wide array of work from artists like Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Winslow Homer, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Donald Judd. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House was fully relocated to Crystal Bridges and opens on November 11, 2015. Arkansas is considered a flyover state by many, but this world-class museum is changing that. After my recent visit I am happy to report it is well worth the trip.