In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting

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In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting

06 November, 2021 to 31 January, 2022


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712

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For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry, and transformative power of the sea in American life. Oceans play a key role in American society, and still today, the sea continues to inspire painters to capture its mystery and power.

In American Waters is a new exhibition in which marine painting is revealed to be so much more than ship portraits. Depicted by a diverse range of modern and historical artists, this exhbition presents the sea as an expansive way to reflect on American culture and environment, learn how coastal and maritime symbols moved inland across the United States, and consider what it means to be “in American waters.”