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Exhibition Reviews
Our America: Latino Presence at the UMFA

Our America: Latino Presence at the UMFA

by Scotti Hill To consider oneself an American is to acknowledge an inherent lack of cultural homogeny. The nation is comprised of countless national ancestries, cultures, religions and customs. So much so that the traditional and hopeful “melting pot” metaphor has given way to the more realistic “tossed salad.” The Utah Museum of Fine Art’s...

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Less is More: Alexander Morris at Alderwood Fine Art

Less is More: Alexander Morris at Alderwood Fine Art

Inspiration comes from many places, and what inspires an artist to create may not be the same thing that inspires a viewer to appreciate, but the power of good art is that ability to act as a mediator, as a go-between, from the source of initial artistic inspiration to the work’s ability to inspire something...

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Billy Schenck at Modern West Fine Art

Billy Schenck at Modern West Fine Art

  “…If you’re looking for scattered sagebrush and majestic skies, carved mesas and stunning sunsets, you’ll find plenty of it here. You’ll also find plenty of heroic figures, usually on horseback, framed by huge cumulus clouds, a trope so frequently employed it seems almost clumsy – until one sees the paintings that subvert the same...

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Black North: Jena Schmidt at Finch Lane Gallery

Black North: Jena Schmidt at Finch Lane Gallery

When Jena Schmidt saw ‘Black North’ written inside the lid of her grandfather’s brass compass, the words resonated with her painterly project as though she’d found a fellow explorer. While compass directions have rich associations for us, they don’t really have colors: north is no more black than it is white or green. But on...

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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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