"Cupid and Psyche," 1808 oil on canvas painting by Benjamin West, acquired by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
On Sept. 15, 2010, three new works were introduced into the museum's permanent collection, including a 1985 Andy Warhol titled "Dolly Parton," a 42-inch by 42-inch paint and silk screen ink on canvas.
"Standing Explosion (Red)," 1966 porcelain enamel on steel sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, acquired by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Cystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville took visitors on a sneak peek tour of construction on Sept. 15, 2010. In 2007, the museum said it expected to attract 250,000 people per year to its turnstiles, including locals.
"It's a jewel," Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin said of Cystal Bridges Museum during the Sept. 15, 2010 sneak peek. Contractors are taking care to minimize the impact on the 100-acre site. Concrete is produced on the grounds and the design allows for only six feet of space between the buildings and the natural forestation.
Virginian Germann, director ofCrystal Bridges' museum relations, said that as of Sept. 15, 2010, 50,000 cubic yards of architectural concrete had been poured in the construction process of the museum.
Employees of the fledgling Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville gave a sneak peek tour to media and select members of the northwest Arkansas business community Wednesday (Sept. 15). About 160 people attended.
According to ArkansasBusiness.com, museum director Don Bacigalupi made several announcements from an open-air space that will become the museum's library, designed to eventually hold about 50,000 art-related volumes.
Three new works were introduced into the museum's permanent collection:
- Dolly Parton, 1985 42-inch by 42-inch paint and silk screen ink on canvas by Andy Warhol
- Standing Explosion (Red), 1966 porcelain enamel on steel sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein
- Cupid and Psyche, 1808 oil on canvas painting by Benjamin West
The museum is likely a year from completion, but most of the foundation work is set and skeletons of main buildings are erected.
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ArkansasBusiness.com has covered the museum, expected to be a major Arkansas tourist attraction, extensively. After the jump, links to previous coverage, including a sample of the art the new museum will feature.
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