Crystal Bridges Acquires Hopper Painting of Roosevelt Island

'Blackwell's Island,' 1928, by Hopper. (Courtesy Christie's Images/Crystal Bridges)

Back in May, Edward Hopper’s 1928 painting Blackwell’s Island sold for $19.2 million at Christie’s American art sale in New York, the second-highest price ever paid for a painting by the artist at auction. Though the winning bidder has not been revealed, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. announced that it has acquired the work—from a private collector, it said—and will soon put it on view. Read More


Ruling May Clear Way for Fisk’s $30 M. Art Sale to Crystal Bridges

The Van Vechten Art Gallery at Fisk University. (Courtesy joseph a/Flickr)

The financially troubled Fisk University’s long battle to sell a 50 percent stake in the collection of modern art it received from Georgia O’Keeffe, valued at $30 million, may be nearing a conclusion. The Associated Press reports today that the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld a court decision made last year that approved the sale to Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark. Read More


Crystal Bridges Partners With Terra Foundation, Louvre and High Museums

"Landscape with Figures: A Scene from ‘The Last of the Mohicans'" by Thomas Cole (1826) (of the Terra Foundation)

Alice Walton’s newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas will join the Louvre, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art in a four-year project to explore four themes in American art. The first exhibition “will explore the birth of American landscape painting through the works of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand,” according to a press release, and will debut in Paris on January 14, before traveling to the other museums. Read More


Alice Walton Arrested for DWI


Wal-Mart heiress and art world philanthropist Alice Walton was arrested in Weatherford, Texas, last week on charges of driving while intoxicated, after allegedly driving 71 miles per hour in a 55-mph construction zone and then failing a sobriety test. The 62-year-old was driving home from a dinner celebrating her birthday on October 7. Read More