Visiting the large exhibition in UMOCA’s main gallery, Geoff Wichert says Battleground States “contributes to a richer understanding of the range of gender possibilities.” But looking at the works on display, he also can’t help but wonder if something is amiss in contemporary art. “I wonder if it’s […]
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.
by Geoff Wichert My first published writings on art were written in Southern California, and published by a magazine in Portland, Oregon. They were written in the LA area because that was where my stained glass studio was, and the city was then a hot place for glass […]
In so many ways our modern societies are enlightened, more civilized in matters of personal liberty than was true in the past. Most of us probably take for granted that the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage marks a watershed in evolving public attitudes. Yet while there has been […]
Geoff Wichert considers the work of Anna Campbell Bliss on the eve of an exhibit at Salt Lake’s The Leonardo
In This Light, University of Utah English Professor and award-winning author Melanie Rae Thon’s most recent story collection, brings together works from a quarter century of her writing, thus becoming in effect a cross section of her artistic development. It begins with two of her early stories, which […]
The Utah Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2011 Utah Book Award (the date refers to the year of publication rather than then year of the award). Winners will be announced jointly by the Salt Lake City Main Library and the Utah Humanities Council […]
For your Sunday reading pleasure, an entry too late for our What We Read On Our Summer Vacation article . . . In the land of Mozart, three talented music students become life-long friends. One, Glenn Gould, becomes the most famous pianist of his time. Another, on realizing […]
Geoff Wichert takes a look at two unique though complimentary artists showing this month at Salt Lake’s Kayo Gallery.
. . . this novel imagines what might have happened during simultaneous forays among the antiquities lining the Nile River that were actually undertaken in 1850 by Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert.
A look at Cassandra Barney and Brian Kershisnik’s collaborative drawings now up at Kayo Gallery.
Far from the display of challenging aesthetic statements that make up many modern art shows, this one is immediately accessible and, in place of consternation, is more likely to generate feelings of pleasure, fun, and even exhilaration.
by Geoff Wichert From the Renaissance on, the theme of history has been expansion: the Age of Exploration carrying adventurers and map-makers to every corner of the globe; the Reformation replacing a monolithic church with religious diversity; philosophy yielding to ideology; capitalism finding the price of everything while […]