Copper in the Arts

April 2013

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art adds works by Warhol, Judd and Others to Collection

Minimalist sculpture by Donald Judd A 19-foot high Minimalist sculpture by Donald Judd, made of copper.

Photograph courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum

Exploring the unfolding story of America by actively collecting and exhibiting outstanding works by American artists is central to the mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Recently, several works were acquired that complement the museum's 20th-century holdings, including an important and grand-scale Minimalist sculpture by Donald Judd, made of copper, and several prints by pop artist Andy Warhol.

"Donald Judd was a pioneering artist in the art movement that came to be known as Minimalism, in which artists reduced their sculptural forms to the most fundamental geometric shapes," said Don Bacigalupi, President of Crystal Bridges. "These 'primary structures' were considered the most modern approach to sculpture in the 1960s, and had considerable influence on art thereafter. Our newly acquired Judd sculpture is both an extraordinary example of the artist's pure geometric Minimalist forms, but also a dazzling and seductively beautiful work, with its brilliant red and bright shiny copper surfaces. Towering to 19 feet high, the work expands our notion of what sculpture can be and how we encounter it."

These works will debut in the museum's 20th-Century Art Gallery this month as part of a scheduled rotation of works on exhibit. Other works include a prints by icon Andy Warhol, a reinstallation of Mark Rothko's No. 210/No. 211 (Orange), as well as the debut of Miriam Schapiro's A Mayan Garden and Theodore Roszak's 42nd Steet (Times Square), both acquired in 2012.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville AR, (479) 418-5700

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