Van Gogh to Rothko
I was excited to get to visit Crystal Bridges' current exhibit, Van Gogh to Rothko, on a trip to Northwest Arkansas last weekend. The show is a collection from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, showing 76 works from the late 1800s through the present, including pieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Georgia O'Keefe, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, and basically anyone else from the past couple of centuries who popped up in your high school art classes.
It's a star-studded affair, for sure, but there are also all sorts of new names to discover in the gallery (if you're like me and didn't major in art history). One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit was "When the Raven Was White" (last in the gallery below) by Grace Hartigan, whose work I wasn't familiar with before. I also really loved "Tutti-Frutti" by Helen Frankenthaler, which I guess I didn't think to snap a photo of. The branding and information accompanying the pieces were also really lovely. Word of advice, though: If you want to go through the exhibit chronologically, ask someone where to start or maybe pay closer attention to signs than I did—I managed to begin around Abstract Expressionism and end somewhere around Post-Impressionism, which was a little confusing and probably my fault, but still.
Van Gogh to Rothko opened in February and runs through June 1. Find more information about the exhibit here.