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Exhibition Reviews
The Truthful Surreal: Corinne Geertsen at the Springville Museum of Art

The Truthful Surreal: Corinne Geertsen at the Springville Museum of Art

Narrative painting, in the form of history painting, was once the pinnacle of Western art, the zenith of Alberti’s 15th-century treatise on painting, and a prerequisite for anyone seeking access to prestigious academies in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the advent of modernism, narrative’s importance waned, while the notion of what narrative could be...

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50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons: Maurice Sendak at the Main City Library

50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons: Maurice Sendak at the Main City Library

Roundly praised, intermittently censored, and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak’s books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children.       —Margalit Fox, New York Times obituary   The news that a touring exhibit of works by Maurice Sendak, the most important book illustrator of our time,...

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Remapping the Natural World: Elise LaJeunesse, Nancy Steele-Makasci and Matt Kruback at Finch Lane Gallery

Remapping the Natural World: Elise LaJeunesse, Nancy Steele-Makasci and Matt Kruback at Finch Lane Gallery

One of the key questions art plays with at the present moment can be implied to the five-word phrase it is and it isn’t. Most traditional works of art unambiguously intend viewers to see just what they pretend to be: a visage, a human figure, a moment from life. Kandace Steadman pulled three artists from...

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Remembering Topaz: A New Museum and a New Exhibition

Remembering Topaz: A New Museum and a New Exhibition

The Topaz Museum in Delta opens this month with an exhibition of works on paper by artists interned at the camp during World War II.

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Don't Read This at the SLC Main Library

Don’t Read This at the SLC Main Library

In Don’t Read This, eight artists attempt to explore incorporating the verbal content of a message into the way it’s presented without allowing text to hijack the image.

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Keeping It Together: Andrew Ballstaedt

Keeping It Together: Andrew Ballstaedt

Ehren Clark puts together the pieces of Andrew Ballstaedt's art, from Klee-inspired houses to friendly monsters and family flags.

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Drawing From the Lake: Hikmet Sidney Loe at Chapman Library

Drawing From the Lake: Hikmet Sidney Loe at Chapman Library

. . . In her work as an academic, Loe has taken numerous individuals and groups, both by land and by air, to visit the lake and its world-famous landmark Spiral Jetty. Her trips to the lake in helicopters provide for the most striking images in her portfolio, three of which are on exhibit here....

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[con]text at the UMFA is no joke

[con]text at the UMFA is no joke

by Julie Dunker The current exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has a deceptive title: [con]text could lead one to believe there is some sort of trickery at work, a deception, a con. But this exhibit is the real deal, an inviting array of linguistic imagery, culled from the museum’s permanent collection...

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Shining light on an oft-overlooked medium: Beauty by Grace: Pastels at the Sears Art Museum Gallery

Shining light on an oft-overlooked medium: Beauty by Grace: Pastels at the Sears Art Museum Gallery

by Alexa Verdugo Morgan In the past, many artists and art critics dismissed pastel as messy, unstable, and useful only for sketching. But a revival of passionate painters with improved techniques has fostered a different perspective, establishing pastel’s reputation as a medium equally worthy of assessment, appreciation, and exhibition space. Curator Kathy Cieslewicz has brought...

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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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