A little over a year ago, your Whispers staff speculated about the buyer of Norman Rockwell’s “Saying Grace,” which sold for $46 million, a record for an American painting, in a December 2013 auction at Sotheby’s.
The Art Newspaper publishes an annual list of the top 100 art museums in the world as measured by attendance. Though northwest Arkansas’ own doesn’t crack the list (topped by the Louvre, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum), it does get a nice mention.
In 2009, native New Yorker Don Bacigalupi packed his bags and moved to Bentonville to help build, open and oversee Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as its executive director. He’d only been to Arkansas once before, but he fondly recalled the magnificent beauty of The Natural State and didn’t hesitate a moment to make it his home.
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Nestled among 120 acres of Ozark woodlands in Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is more than a museum; it’s a destination, an economic development tool and a mesmerizing tribute to the history of American art, whose significance extends far beyond the borders of The Natural State.