by Geoff Wichert Last year many Salt Lake residents, who are known for searching the news for local names and familiar faces, were delighted to see downtown bookstore stalwart Ken Sanders recognized as perhaps the nation’s leading enemy of antiquarian book thieves. In The Man Who Loved Books […]
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.
“We expect alchemy from poets and artists. To hear Lance and Jacqui Biggs Larsen tell it, some of their audience expects more from them. In the text introducing Animal Brilliance, their collaborative exhibit of her paintings captioned by his epigraphs, they report being made to feel they should […]
If you’re still looking for gift ideas you might check out Radio West’s Best Music of 2010 and Holiday Book Show programs. And if you haven’t read the entire December 2010 edition of 15 Bytes we’ll remind you that there are some art-related book suggestions on pages 5 […]
“In a sense I have become myself . . . .” Trevor Southey in person at U.M.F.A. by Geoff Wichert Trevor Southey, one-time Bad Boy of Utah art, has turned out to be indispensible for anyone wishing to understand why there is—and why there isn’t—a distinctly ‘Mormon’ art. […]
Joseph Brodsky: In the Prison of Latitudes a film by Jan Andrews reviewed by Geoff Wichert In 1963, Joseph Brodsky was arrested by the KGB. While most Americans were probably too distracted that year by the arrest in Alabama of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, the ominous […]
While Sperber doesn’t actually belong to any of the now-exhausted camps that have cluttered the landscape of art for the last half-century, she incorporates the raveled threads of their various narratives into a strand she makes by twisting them together, thereby restoring to art the feeling of a unified purpose such as artists and their audiences shared before it disintegrated under the assault of the permanent avant garde….
“Raama . . . lived like a common man, but ordinary men did not live like Raama.” by Geoff Wichert Tantalizing legend: around 1470 the Florentine master Andrea del Verrocchio undertook to paint the baptism of Christ for the Church of San Salvi, assisted by two apprentices. One, […]
by Geoff Wichert For most of us in the United States, glamour is synonymous with the Academy Awards. Watching limos lining up to disgorge stars in priceless designer clothes is as close as we get to real celebrity. In the Latino community there are other options. In Long […]
Charm reviewed by Geoff Wichert “Being with me is an act of imagination . . .” —Margaret Fuller I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too: a play about Margaret Fuller, a second-tier member of an exanimate, obsolete, New England American, quasi-religious literary and philosophical movement, […]
“Adam Ned Larsen is like Man Ray, a quintessential modernist who puts as much thought into the kind of object he will make as he does in what it will portray.” READ Geoff Wichert’s profile of Ephraim artist Adam Larsen here. Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert has degrees in critical […]
“Here are figures, ornamental vessels, and architectural bas reliefs from archeological sites throughout Latin America. In each case the familiar conventions have been subverted by the addition of found objects, materials, and references that are both contemporary to the audience and recognizably out of context. . . . […]
Watershed in Park City by Geoff Wichert To enter the main exhibit hall at the Kimball Art Center in Park City this month it is necessary to run the gauntlet between two giant, standing figures that flank the entrance. These are the Sentinels, primarily glass but with mixed […]