State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now is an exhibition at the Dixon Gallery, described by them:
Organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, ArkansasI enjoyed the opportunity to see current works by living artists. I had several favorites.
Over the course of one year, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Traveling to communities large and small, the museum found artists whose work engages broad audiences, demonstrates a high level of skill, and sparks conversation about important issues of our times. This one-of-a-kind exhibition, drawing from nearly every region, offers an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art. State of the Art brings together works in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, fiber, sculpture, video, ceramics, installation, and more. The exhibition examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and engage deeply with issues relevant to our community.
Plastic Lila, 2013, by Sheila Gallagher; Melted plastic on armature:
Seeing it in person you can better see the color and texture. I wanted to take it home with me to have it on my wall. Honestly, this is a piece you'd never tire of living with. The artist discusses the work here:
This mosaic is made from lottery tickets with UV coating on panel:
It's called End of the Spectrum and is from 2011 by Ghost of a Dream (Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was).
This is Anthropocene I (Supernature), 2012, oil, enamel, acrylic, varnish, plastic and patinas on copper over wood:
and it's by Pam Longobardi.
The Dixon has a wonderful permanent collection, but their changing exhibitions and gardens are also a reason to check them out frequently. There's always something you haven't seen before.