Book Reviews

Book reviews on visual arts books and books related to Utah’s art community.

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Inside the Art World

“First there was the recent announcement that Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, has opened a personal museum for his extensive collection, proving that an economic downturn that hits the wage-earners and mortgage holders needn’t damage the playground of the rich known as the “Art World.” The cover […]

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Becoming Pablo O’Higgins

Becoming Pablo O’Higgins is a study of character that questions identity, integrity, authenticity and ultimately loyalty. This newly released biography by Susan Vogel, published to accompany the exhibit of O’Higgins’ work now at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, gives us a compelling portrayal of Paul Higgins, a young […]

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The Art Instinct

The Art Instinct Denis Dutton Bloomsbury Press 2009 Reviewed by Steve Holladay It has been a year since Denis Dutton published The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, and since that time the book has continued to receive attention, both by art specialists and the public at […]

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Spiral Jetta

Spiral Jetta: a road trip through the land art of the American West by Erin Hogan The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London 2008 In the 1960s and 70s, artists were drawn to slogans. “Art is dead” was followed by “Museums are where art goes to die.” […]

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Photojojo

Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas By Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensenreviewed by Amanda Moore Photojojo! Is a great book for the flickr addict, scrap booker and diy enthusiast. The book is separated into two halves. The first half is all about unique crafts and presentations […]

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Provenance

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern ArtLaney SalisburyPenguin Press2009352pp You couldn’t write a better story line if you were dealing with fiction. John Drewe, a working-class chameleon of a racconteur passes himself off as a posh nuclear scientist with big world […]