Monday, March 17, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Crystal Bridges

The Red Flower - Joseph Stella

A brand new exhibit opened Saturday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Friday was a preview for members of the museum.  My wife and I took advantage of the smaller crowd at the preview and went to see the exhibit.  It is outstanding.  If you live within 100 miles of the museum, it is well worth the drive.  The cost to view the exhibit for non members is $8.00,  It is eight dollars well spent.  The exhibit features works from Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, and Cezanne.  All of the works are from the collection of the late William S. Paley, founder of CBS.  Here are a few other works that caught my eye.

The Architect's Table - Pablo Picasso
Yes Virginia, this is a Picasso and was painted sometime between 1910 and 1912.  Needless to say, as a retired architect, this piece struck a chord with me and might be my favorite piece in the exhibit.

The Musketeer - Henri Matisse

Sand Storm - Agnes Pelton

One of the unique things about this exhibit is that photography is allowed.  No flash photography is ever allowed in the museum, and often times no photography of any kind is permitted.  Since I was not sure about the restrictions, I only took my point and shoot camera.  I do intend to return to the museum very soon and take my DSLR to capture some better images of this wonderful exhibit.  There are a few sculptures in the exhibit as well, but my photos were not good enough to publish.  I'll fix that when I return.  Again, if you are in the area, make this exhibit a must see.  The museum provides IPod touches with audio descriptions of many of the works.  It really adds to the enjoyment of the tour.  Happy Ruby Tuesday all.


  1. I would love to go, but it's way too far for me to travel. Bugger.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. The Musketeer by Matisse is an elegant piece!

  3. I'd like to visit there if I live nearby. Awesome paintings.

  4. Wait I was talking about the Musketeer with bright colors - Picasso is a little bland next to it.

  5. I love art exhibits! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, this is great. I showed Heather your post. We are heading to Branson later this morning for a little spring break trip. We are going to play it by ear but we are thinking of coming back to Tulsa by the southern route on Sunday from Branson and take a little side trip to the museum. It looks well worth $8 and a little side trip.

  7. Such awesome pieces of artwork. I especially love the last!