I do not know where I got the number seven, but here on the ground in Bentonville, Arkansas, during the press preview for Crystal Bridges‘ new State of the Art survey of contemporary American art (think Whitney Biennial), I can count six artists from Texas represented in the show. They are Kim Cadmus Owens, Vincent Valdez, Gabriel Dawe, Chris Sauter, Autumn Knight, and Dornith Doherty. I feel like I knew this going in, though all proceedings have been very hush-hush up until this morning’s official launch.
Since there is still no one centralized list, even on the pretty and newly-live comprehensive, searchable website, this is what I’m able to put together. If anyone out there knows something I don’t, please speak up. There are 102 artists in all, representing 44 states. I don’t think I’ve missed anything or anyone.
I’ll review the show for tomorrow morning.
Michael Menchaca is the other Texas aritist.
Yes, that was where my confusion came from, though for Crystal Bridges’ purposes, he is considered a RI artist, since his studio is up there at RISD and that’s where the show’s curators got to know him and his work. So he wasn’t included in our region.