How many views does it take to depict the steady, human-formed creation of absence on the land? In the case of Utah Museum of Fine Art’s (UMFA) current exhibition Creation and Erasure: Art of the Bingham Canyon Mine, the answer is over one hundred. This well-researched, historical view of […]
Hikmet Sidney Loe
has taught art history at Westminster College since 2006, and has also taught at the University of Utah and Weber State University. Her extensive exploration of Spiral Jetty was published by The University of Utah Press and the Tanner Trust Fund in a book titled "The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork Through Time and Place" in 2017; it won the 15 Bytes Art Book Award in 2018.
On March 18th, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) unveiled a work by American artist RobertSmithson (1938-1973), on loan from Dia Art Foundation. The regional partnerships Dia formed in early 2012 with UMFA and Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute regarding Smithson’s monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty finds its first publicly-seen collaborative venture in the loan of Smithson’s sculpture “Leaning […]
One crystal of Morton’s salt: uniform in shape with no expiration date. The national company was formed in 1848, offering not only a wide variety of culinary products but salt for pools, melting ice, softening water, and for the bath. Long before commercial companies, about 8,000 years […]
by Hikmet Sidney Loe On February 8th, 2014, American artist Nancy Holt passed away in New York City at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Born in New Jersey in 1938, she lived a life firmly committed to her art, giving us new ways of perceiving space, time, […]
Shot along the southwest coast of Great Salt Lake, CLUI’s Landscan presents only a fraction of the lake’s landscape, which in its entirety measures approximately 75 miles in length by 25 miles in width. The video, now on exhibit at Utah Museum of Fine Arts, runs 19 minutes and presents […]
The nineteenth-century Utah artist Alfred Lambourne (1850-1926) loved Great Salt Lake. Nestled within a basin, the body of water he referred to as his “inland sea” was his source of adventure and joy, his faithful companion and as such, his preferred place for solitude. His relationship with […]
When the French painter Paul Cézanne headed back to the south of France, he was retreating from an art world that greeted his paintings with indifference, but he was also returning to his ancestral home, full of a bright, penetrating light so different from the moisture-laden haze of […]
As spring rushes into summer in Utah, the time spent out of doors each day has increased exponentially: we want to be surrounded by bright light, warm air, and beautiful landscapes. Utah offers an abundance of varied, even verdant environments we can inhabit and enjoy. Solitude can be […]
The group exhibition at Nox Contemporary provides perfect holiday fare: small works that make a large impact. The show’s title, The Herb & Dorothy Show, reflects the far-reaching impact of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a New York City couple who collected art over their lifetime together, amassing […]
Hikmet Sidney Loe considers seminal artist Nancy Holt in anticipation of a major new exhibit of her works at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
On the occasion of Tim DeChristopher’s trial, Hikmet Loe looks back at the 2008 attempt to drill for oil in the Great Salt Lake.
Photos by Hikmet Sidney Loe Robert Smithson’s first career choice was “naturalist.” As he shifted his gaze towards art, his lifelong fascination with the materials of the earth and with the transformations that time manifests became incorporated into his work. The Spiral Jetty best embodies this synthesis of […]