CRAFTING AMERICA | Crystal Bridges

February 6 – May 31, 2021

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR

Featuring a newly commissioned work of art by Beth Lipman

Featuring over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, Crafting America presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, highlighting the work of artists such as Ruth Asawa, Peter Voulkos, Jeffrey Gibson, Sonya Clark, and more. Craft has long been a realm accessible to the broadest range of individuals, providing an opportunity to explore personal creativity, innovation, and technical skill. This exhibition foregrounds varied backgrounds and perspectives in craft, from the vital contributions of Indigenous artists to the new skills and points of view brought by immigrants to the United States.

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Show Contract & Finance Independent of Ferrin Contemporary.

Beth Lipman, “Belonging(s)”, 2020, glass, ceramic, gold lacquer, enamel paint, salt, sand, adhesive, 27 x 40.5 x 23″. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2021.3. Photo by Ironside Photography.

Beth Lipman explores aspects of material culture through still lives, site-specific installations, and photographs. Working primarily with glass, she creates portraits individuals and our society through inanimate objects that are often broken, “flawed,” or “perfect”.  Mortality, consumerism, materiality, and temporality, have been critical issues since the inception of the still life tradition in the 17th century, and continue to be relevant her in contemporary work.

Lipman has received numerous awards including a USA Berman Bloch Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Grant, Virginia Groot Foundation Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. She recently completed One Portrait of One Man, a sculptural response to Marsden Hartley for the Weisman Art Museum (MN). Lipman has exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the Ringling Museum of Art (FL), ICA/MECA (ME), RISD Museum (RI), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Gustavsbergs Konsthall (Sweden) and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC). Her work has been acquired by numerous museums including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), and the Corning Museum of Glass (NY).