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20 Years Ago
Retro Furniture Changes Colors — Chroma Gallery
“In Utah, you’ve got to do things slow. If things change they change slowly.” So says longtime Utah artist Darryl Erdmann as he sips a Pepsi in his Sugar House studio. Erdmann should know. A native of Brigham City, he has been working in the Utah art world for a number of years. Either as gallery owner or artist, Erdmann has been witness to Utah’s slow adaptation to change.
In the late ’80s, Erdmann ran the Salt Lake Contemporary Gallery in downtown Salt Lake where he showed minimalist and color-field art at a time when “Mark Rothko wasn’t a household word.” Reception to the gallery was not overwhelming and it eventually closed down. Since that time, abstract art has failed to achieve a pervasive presence in Utah. The Salt Lake Art Center has had more and more exhibits highlighting contemporary art and Phillips Gallery has survived showing abstract work, but few other venues for abstract art have proven viable…