One of America’s wealthiest Art Curators has her team scattered throughout the nation knocking on the doors of everyday artists in search of organic American representation.
“They have seen art on a goat farm, in a soap factory, in a defunct pie factory. They interviewed one artist they were fairly sure was high on cocaine and another who was profoundly stoned“
Not every artists is starving these days, the industry is opening up and revealing potential for vast micro markets on a national scale.
Walmart heiress, Alice Walton is also the founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. She is conducting an impressive and unique harvest of genuine American art.
She has set forth her team to all corners of the nation in search of a collection that will embody the times small scale artists, maybe one of the most organic and dynamic levels of the game.
a New York Times author wrote…
“The goal of their unusual art hunt — an old-fashioned, Kerouacian canvass of the country — is to find 100 under recognized artists, culled from a list of more than 10,000, to feature in September in an ambitious show that will represent Ms. Walton’s first attempt to plant her institution’s flag firmly in the world of contemporary art.
Her museum, which has drawn more than a million visitors since opening in 2011, is a 21st-century version of Gilded Age collections like those amassed by Henry Clay Frick in New York and Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston. But Crystal Bridges is in a small city in the Ozarks, the first museum of its size to open between the coasts in more than a generation.“