Research for this month’s article on recent developments in Still Life painting took Geoff Wichert to St. George, where 21st century development around the Tabernacle impressed him as much as the painting he came to see.
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.
Where are you going, Still Life: Charles Becker at the St. George Art Museum and Phillips Gallery’s Brad Overton
Geoff Wichert examines the genre in the hands of Charles Becker, Vincent van Gogh and Brad Overton.
Literary tastes lead to literary debates. Readers disagree about subjects and treatments, and one reader’s favorite book is the object of another’s scorn. It is ever thus, and should be; lively opinions make for better, more attentive reading. But what about entire genres? Even those who don’t love […]
In the February 2011 edition of 15 Bytes Geoff Wichert reviews Stephen Foss’ exhibit of enamel paintings at Julie Nester Gallery.
In our January edition of 15 Bytes we took a look at Lance Larsen, a 2009 Utah Book Award winner. For this week’s Sunday Reading installment, Geoff Wichert reviews another past winner, novelist Christine Allen-Yazzie. “You have to be careful. This one will write it all down.” The […]
Magnificent Days: Geoff Dyer makes Utah a habit On January 14, British author Geoff Dyer went public with the story of his obsession for vacationing in Utah. He did so in the Financial Times, a London newspaper read by people who live in the world’s most expensive city, […]
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 Too Much Allison […]
The art of ballet is at the point of death. Or it’s moribund, awaiting transformation. Such are the points of discussion between two of its foremost critics, Jennifer Homans and Robert Gottlieb. Homans is the dance critic for The New Republic and the author of the recently published Apollo’s Angels: A History […]
We expect alchemy from poets and artists. To hear Lance Larsen 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 […]