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Exhibition Reviews
Enrique Vera at Mestizo

Enrique Vera at Mestizo

In theory, we look at each work of art individually; a bad painting by a famous painter is still a bad painting, while quality can stand in isolation. In reality, though, reputation and the aura of greatness are the original resumé, and a familiar body of work is like the knowledge-over-time that makes an old...

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Finding Existence in the Depths of a Portrait: Jenny Morgan at CUAC

Finding Existence in the Depths of a Portrait: Jenny Morgan at CUAC

Perhaps what keeps each of these portraits fresh and distinctive, each one a learning experience, is that the subjects that are the vehicle for ontological experience are members of the artist’s intimate circle of close family and friends. That she knows each subject personally, and not merely from a candid glimpse, is a vital factor...

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Seeing is Believing: Springville's Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah

Seeing is Believing: Springville’s Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah

Throughout history, when the vast majority of the populace was illiterate, the visual arts have been used to tell the stories and express the aspirations of religious and spiritual communities around the world. The arts could be a tool of enlightenment but also a tool of control, used to tell the devoted how to think,...

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Joe Norman's Bountiful World

Joe Norman’s Bountiful World

Joe Norman, showing this month at Gallery MAR, first came to our attention in 2009, when he was selected for that year’s iteration of the 35×35 exhibition, Artists of Utah’s showcase of the state’s young talent. As Norman explained in a video interview we recorded at the time, he had studied engineering and taught science...

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Christo & Jeanne-Claude at the Kimball

Christo & Jeanne-Claude at the Kimball

by Scotti Hill The Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah is the recipient of a traveling exhibition composed of over 130 drawings, sculptures, collages, photographs and original artworks by the world famous husband and wife artistic team Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Initially organized by the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, from the private...

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A Sustaining Gaze: Paul Davis at Modern West Fine Art

A Sustaining Gaze: Paul Davis at Modern West Fine Art

by Julie Dunker Ever since Magritte declared “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” artists have had their tongues planted firmly in cheek. This is Paul Davis’ playground. In an exhibition of new work at Modern West Fine Art in Salt Lake City, Davis shows perhaps a little bit of rebellion in this newly established gallery whose...

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Local Hero: From Raw Nerve to Live Wire:  Andrew Rice at Saltgrass Printmakers

Local Hero: From Raw Nerve to Live Wire: Andrew Rice at Saltgrass Printmakers

On the radio recently, another self-proclaimed expert predicted confidently that from this day forward, the printing of maps would cease. Instead, from now on we will all find our way using the GPS-linked apps on our cell phones. An alternative future he unconsciously conjured, though, was of society after its technology has collapsed, when those...

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Nor Any Drop to Drink: William Lamson's Hydrologies at UMOCA

Nor Any Drop to Drink: William Lamson’s Hydrologies at UMOCA

Water is one of art’s great subjects, and why not? One of four indispensable elements known to the Greeks, it’s the one that comes closest to being unique to our planet. Water makes life possible, but also shapes and even transports it. We know far more about water now than we did in the years...

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Sean Diediker's "Medicine Man"

Sean Diediker’s “Medicine Man”

What is a “medicine man?” He is not a shaman, often associated with personal gain; he is not a witch doctor, associated with witchcraft. He is a traditional healer and spiritual leader among Native Americans who secures the help of the spirit world, including the Great Spirit, for the sake of healing diseases of the...

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Freak Show at Art Access

Freak Show at Art Access

It was a crowded opening with obviously interested viewers eagerly engaged with a variety of well-presented art: Marcee and Ric Blackerby’s “Freak Show” went off without a hitch. Except for the title, that is — which, shortly after the initial postcards were sent, was abruptly changed by the Art Access board to something less catchy...

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Altared Books at Finch Lane Gallery

Altared Books at Finch Lane Gallery

From the clay tablets of the Minoans to the papyrus scrolls of the Egyptians, from the illuminated manuscripts of medieval monasteries to Gutenberg’s Bible and the pulp novels of the 20th century, the book has had a monumental role in the creation of civilization. It is history itself. Because of this historical and cultural context,...

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Lord Krishna Along the Wasatch Front

Lord Krishna Along the Wasatch Front

In 1968, I discovered Krishna. That year, I took a spiritual journey from being a University of Texas at Austin theater student and anti-Vietnam war demonstrator to a student of the Bhagavad Gita and chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in Los Angeles. After several weeks of instruction, I was initiated as a devotee of Lord...

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