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Exhibition Reviews
Being realistic about the future of painting: Joe Carter at Phillips Gallery

Being realistic about the future of painting: Joe Carter at Phillips Gallery

According to Wikipedia: The hippocampus (named after its resemblance to the seahorse, from the Greek hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning “sea monster”) is a major component of the brains of humans and other vertebrates. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term...

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When the portrait doesn’t look like you:  SELF_Created at Mestizo

When the portrait doesn’t look like you: SELF_Created at Mestizo

Picasso famously told Gertrude Stein, before embarking on what became one of the most famous portraits of the twentieth century, that she needed to understand that it would not look like her. Picasso taught the world a new way of seeing, though, and his pre-cubist portrait of Stein looks a lot more like her now...

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InCiteful Clay at the Woodbury Art Museums

InCiteful Clay at the Woodbury Art Museums

Probably the oldest known artistic medium, clay sculptures survive in European caves alongside painted animals and mysteriously carved bits of bone and stone. At the same time, as our contemporary artists demonstrate, clay can be as new as any other medium. Its plastic versatility allows it, in sufficiently creative or knowledgable hands, to mimic—or at...

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Matthew Allred: Clinamen at UMOCA

Matthew Allred: Clinamen at UMOCA

. . . Allred’s fascination with the elemental basics of photography has led him to an expansive exploration of time, space and understanding. The tools of his trade allow him to explore universal ideas, to bring the expansive nature of the universe into the four walls of a gallery or museum. These ideas are powerful...

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Lindsay Frei: Borders of Beauty

Lindsay Frei: Borders of Beauty

“I don’t think I’ve come to a resolve,” says Frei about this recent work, and her ongoing exploration of beauty. “But I think I am more comfortable with the idea that I don’t have to be resolved, and that it’s an ambiguous thing.  For a long time I just wanted answers, and that’s not how...

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The Blisses and Black Mountain College

The Blisses and Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design is a comprehensive and comprehensible traveling exhibition about the revolutionary experimental  liberal arts college (1933-57) that continues to be influential in education and the visual, performing and literary arts even though it closed 57 years ago. This absorbing show includes ceramics, textiles, furniture, sculpture, paintings, printed material and...

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The Great Waldo Kidd: an American Contemporary Realist Painter at Charley Hafen

The Great Waldo Kidd: an American Contemporary Realist Painter at Charley Hafen

  Let’s perhaps take a minute to review how far we’ve come. Late in the twentieth century, a consensus arose that Modernism was dying, if not already dead. This is not as sad as it sounds: the first artist to be called modern was Dante, and he’s also dead. The first modern art movement was...

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Anne Albaugh at 15th Street Gallery

Anne Albaugh at 15th Street Gallery

We can arrive at a colloquial but genuine understanding of the sublime in its original Burkean context as we look and see the work of artist Anne Albaugh, currently on display at 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City. That sublime is generated by the artist’s passion, intense sensibility to her subject, her process, and...

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Domestic Interiors: Mary Sauer & The Pressure of Perfection, in the Gittins Gallery at the U of U

Domestic Interiors: Mary Sauer & The Pressure of Perfection, in the Gittins Gallery at the U of U

‘If love is a story we tell ourselves then I had the story wrong. Or maybe passion is just, and always, a wrong-headed thing.’ — Anne Enright Either it’s becoming increasingly evident as we learn more about our species, or at least it’s become part of the myth of our time, that the things we...

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Bikuben at UMOCA

Bikuben at UMOCA

For her inaugural project as associate curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Rebecca Maksym envisioned an exhibition that sheds light on a nationality of immigrants not commonly referenced in American migrational history. Rather than a strictly historical chronology, Maksym preferred to think about migration in conceptual and aesthetic terms. As such, Bikuben,...

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Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp at CUAC

Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp at CUAC

 The nature of perception, the artist’s vision and viewer responsiveness is a topic that concerns all of art, in every facet, from every place and time, from every artist, and from every viewer.  From a visitor to a gallery or museum in Salt Lake City to a pedestrian standing in front of a public sculpture...

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Brenda Mallory at Julie Nester

Brenda Mallory at Julie Nester

. . . Mallory’s preferred materials are handmade papers, cloth, wax, fiber, strings, and ink, with which she produces lines and surfaces for them to articulate. Her most characteristic objects are clusters of vessels that aggregate ambiguously on a wall—part natural populations, part fabricated clusters. In much of her earlier work, these often evoked winged...

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