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Exploring the Spirit of American Art

Posted on January 24, 2013 | | Leave A Comment

On November 11, 2011, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Alice Walton, opened to the public. The museum focuses on American art and is home to works from the Colonial period to the present day. Through its continued collection of historic and contemporary works—such as War News from Mexico by Richard Canton Woodville and Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell—Crystal Bridges seeks to chronicle the United States’ dynamic cultural landscape.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, now in its third printing. The 356-page book features detailed entries and full-color illustrations for more than 150 of the museum’s most significant pieces. Contributors include such scholars and curators as William C. Agee, Stephanie Meyer Heydt, Linda Merrill, and John Wilmerding. Designed by Zach Hooker and edited by Christopher B. Crosman and Emily D. Shapiro, Celebrating the American Spirit is a beautiful, in-depth introduction to the collection and vision of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Visit Crystal Bridges to learn more about the museum and its current exhibitions. To purchase a copy of Celebrating the American Spirit, visit the museum store or Amazon.com.

 

photography by Jeremy Linden

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I meant comparing the two ettniies: wikipedia versus fiction. In my opinion, wikipedia, and going even further in general, the internet, is far, far more educational than fiction.They are two very different things - fiction books and wikipedia / other internet articles. Very different.: What is literature? Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemmingway… the list of important authors in the course of historyLiterature is books. Different books. Fiction books. The most important authors from the course of history… they are important for history, not for literature.Everyone has his own most important authors. The literature is art, not sciense.It is like music or anime or cinema, some songs or films are most important for you. And it is all completely individually.But literature differs from music or films in many ways.: What determines the work of Tolstoy to be literature and discriminates against Orson Scott Card (possibly my favorite science fiction author) ?I think that such division is stupid. Maybe Tolstoy wrote about something that is not important for you? Or not important for you now?I know many people that do not like Tolstoy and other classic books when they was young, but read it with pleasure after being 30 or 40 years old.It is normal.: nd if wikipedia doesn’t fulfill your desire to learn the world behind “War and Peace”, then you can go research further on the internet.Here is the point. You will be doing research about world behind the War an Peace. Not even about the novel. And of course not about ideas and meanings that Tolstoy want to told you.Fiction books are not about world or things or actions or scientific researches. They are about people. Fiction books told us about what people think and feel. About thoghts and emotions.People are very complex and various.And literature (fiction books) can teach us a lot about people.The War and Peace are not about war, not about peace. It is about people.And in very deed it is not about Natasha o Pier or other characters. It is about author, Tolstoy.In his book Tolstoy tries to tell you something about people. He tries to teach you something.May be you not need just this knowledge. But I think in all other hemospheres of knowledge is the same, your do not need all knowledge.All this things fit to other fiction books - it may be Orson Scott Card or may favorite Veronica Ivanova or Zelazny or any other books and authors.It is the basis of literature.

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