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“Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art” Shares a Common Truth

“Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art” Shares a Common Truth

As the American artist Barbara Januszkiewicz once noted, people need to “be drawn to the visual arts [to] expand [the] imagination.” On the power of art and progress, Januszkiewicz further stated, “creative thinking inspires ideas [and] ideas inspire change.” Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art, now showing at the BYU Museum of Art,...

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David Habben's Be Somewhere is a dance of abstract ink strokes inspired by the University of Utah School of Dance

David Habben’s Be Somewhere is a dance of abstract ink strokes inspired by the University of Utah School of Dance

Enter the quiet Alvin Gittins Gallery in the Art & Art History Building on the University of Utah campus and your eyes are drawn immediately to the right wall. A massive 9’ x 32’ work of art, full of black and gray washes, lines, and squiggles calls for you to look at it. It’s part...

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It's Official (almost): Utah has state art

It’s Official (almost): Utah has state art

A report from Utah’s 2017 legislative session You probably know Utah has a state bird (seagull) and a state flower (sego lily), but did you know there’s also a state rock (coal), a state fossil (Allosaurus) and not one but two state vegetables — a historic one (the sugar beet), and a current one, the...

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On the Fringe: Edgy new gallery opens at old Artspace

On the Fringe: Edgy new gallery opens at old Artspace

Should you not know what “Fringe” means, a new Salt Lake City gallery by that name wastes no time in defining it for you: “not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.” They also say it’s “Utah’s hottest new contemporary art gallery.” We shall see March 17 at the Grand Opening, though on their...

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Fidalis Buehler: A search for identity in life and art

Fidalis Buehler: A search for identity in life and art

Identity is a tricky thing. It’s hard to know anymore if we are supposed to proudly declare our differences or attempt to blend them seamlessly into the larger tapestry; be aware of color, gender, ethnicity, or blind to it. The task is made more difficult for the hyphenated among us, those whose self is a...

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Breaking Ground: Innovations with clay at the Kimball Art Center

Breaking Ground: Innovations with clay at the Kimball Art Center

Curated by Nancy Stoaks, this is the first exhibition at the Kimball comprised solely of ceramics, and it has a refreshing take on presentation. Each of the artists has worked within their own style, creating a show that is a unique blend of innovation, creativity, and personality. Groundbreaking: Innovations In Clay, is just what it...

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Between Force and Fragility: Lydia Okumura and the gendered nuances of Minimalist sculpture

Between Force and Fragility: Lydia Okumura and the gendered nuances of Minimalist sculpture

Lydia Okumura’s Situations, now on view at Weber State University’s Shaw Gallery, is a breathtaking exhibition that concentrates the artist’s 50-plus-year career in modest but powerful form. In her first exhibition west of the Mississippi, Situations debuts a remarkable assortment of sculptures and works on paper from throughout the artist’s career. The visual magnificence of...

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A Love Letter From Death to Decay: Naomi Marine's drawings and soft sculptures at Finch Lane Gallery

A Love Letter From Death to Decay: Naomi Marine’s drawings and soft sculptures at Finch Lane Gallery

If you reached into your refrigerator and pulled out a carton of plump strawberries, only to find they’re covered in fuzzy, circular patches of fungus, you’d grimace and throw them away, right? You’d hardly examine the tiny, flowering patterns of decay and growth. But fascination with such microscopic details, which show how plush organic material...

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Clubhouse: Not just for ladies or literature anymore

Clubhouse: Not just for ladies or literature anymore

Once a stuffy place for plays, recitals and lectures, Salt Lake City’s Ladies Literary Club recently has become a stylish place for plays, recitals and lectures. Purchased about a year ago by a young and very hip couple who renamed it Clubhouse (to honor its previous incarnation),  the 1913 building has morphed into something decidedly...

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Getting Back to Basics: Using simple shapes to understand the complicated landscape

Getting Back to Basics: Using simple shapes to understand the complicated landscape

Let’s face it, the landscape is no simple subject to be easily understood, let alone painted, without much study. Its intricacies need to be learned on many different levels in order to break its code and come away with a credible painting that captures the essence of a scene. Try as they might, the uninitiated...

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Splitting Mind: Annie Poon explores bipolar disorder through her stop-action film Split House

Splitting Mind: Annie Poon explores bipolar disorder through her stop-action film Split House

Annie Poon’s short film The Split House depicts and reconciles her personal struggle with bipolar disorder. The title comes both from the separated emotional nature that Poon experienced in the treatment of her condition, and the location of Split, Croatia, where she served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....

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Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O'Connell

Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O’Connell

John O’Connell’s new work fascinates on several levels: they are abstracted 3-D compositions with spare painted portions that beg for lots of time to absorb. Mark-making and writing are there but mostly obscured beyond recognition; inexplicable cuts are evident in the surfaces of the structures, some modular sections are almost sled-like in construction, others squared...

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