In the past year Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team has traveled more than 100,000 miles across the United States and visited more than 1,000 artists to find out what’s happening in American art today. After their year-long, cross-country journey, the curators have chosen 102 artists and 200 pieces of work to be a part of the exhibit State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, which opens mid September. (To learn more about the rigorous and selective curatorial process for this art exhibit, read this New York Times story and this blog post.)
What does this exhibition mean for VisArts and Richmond?
One of State of the Art’s 102 chosen artists — Bob Trotman — will have a solo exhibition here at VisArts right as the Crystal Bridges exhibit opens in Bentonville, Arkansas. VisArts is honored to show the work of one of America’s top contemporary sculptors at a pivotal moment in his career.
About Bob Trotman’s exhibit at VisArts:
September 5, 2014 – October 31, 2014
Trotman creates sculptural installations that comment on corporate America through an ongoing series titled Business As Usual. Trotman states, “as a contemporary artist I am fascinated by a noir narrative of life at the office. My wooden people, often surprisingly posed, evoke both humor and anxiety and, taken together, offer an absurdist vision of an imaginary corporate purgatory.”
For decades Trotman has crafted life-size wooden sculptures, but his installation at VisArts will include new and ambitious studio experiments created specifically in response to the VisArts’ gallery space and exhibition opportunity. These experiments include kinetic sculpture, illuminated fiberglass and video. The exhibition will also feature a comprehensive selection of his terra cotta maquettes and preparatory drawings.
About State of the Art:
September 13, 2014 – January 19, 2015
• The exhibition features 102 artists from across the country, selected for inclusion as a result of Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood’s travels and visits (mostly in person, some via Skype) with artists from every region of the U.S.
• Works in the exhibition include photography, video, ceramics, action/interaction, glass, fiber, installation, paper, painting, and sculpture.
• There are more than 200 total works in the exhibition
• The exhibition will reach beyond the boundaries of the Museum’s temporary exhibition spaces, extending into the permanent collection galleries and activating public and community areas indoors and out. Gallery spaces will total 19,000 square feet.
Two of Bob Trotman’s sculptures, Journey and Shaker, will be included in the State of the Art. To learn more about the State of the Art exhibit, click here.