John Salvest at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
September 13, 2014 - January 19, 2015
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas recently announced that the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will feature 102 artists from all over the country. Morgan Lehman Gallery artist John Salvest’s work will be included in State of the Art, which debuts at Crystal Bridges on September 13. Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood traveled to Salvest’s studio in August 2013 to conduct an interview with the artist as part of the search for the most compelling American art being created today.
This studio visit was one of nearly 1,000 stops made by the curatorial team during a year-long, 100,000 mile journey across the country to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized. The result is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the U.S., offering an unusually diverse and nuanced look at American art. The 102 artists selected range in age from 24–87, including 54 male and 48 female artists from across the country.
“The complexity of themes in the exhibition’s work mirrors the diversity and individuality of the makers. Each artist represents meaningful conversations happening in rural communities, small towns, and more densely populated urban centers all across the country,” said Alligood. “The artists are responding to the same things we’re all responding to in our daily lives. We hope that this exhibition will inspire new ways to experience contemporary art and the evolving narratives that make up our cultural fabric.”