A local family looks for the portrait of their mother painted in 1936 by Lee Greene Richards.
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Painting mocking modern artists, by David Howell Rosenbaum, courtesy Clayton R. Williams The course my art history research takes often leaves me emotional. I cannot comprehend the sacrifice that artists must make in order to put their talent and message out there. Maybe I’m too much of a […]
Marxism. Fanciful naïve art. Vernal. I doubt any of us would be able to connect these three terms were they to appear on one of those comprehensive college entrance exams requiring you to conclude how they are all related. But I like that they are all connected, probably […]
As I approach these columns, I generally start with the usual background material (born, died, did a bunch of stuff in between), supplemented by search engine snippets sent my way by my beloved editor Shawn Rossiter. Ever since Rossiter mentioned Utah Digital Newspapers as one of his sources, I have […]
Cowboys, Indians and Saxophones When I see early Utah artworks that reveal something about our history, I’m reminded of a conversation I once had with Bob Olpin. During an American art history class at the U, I was impressed with Bob’s command, not only of art history but […]
A signature style and a catchy name to put on the signature are helpful when trying to make it as an artist. I can tell when Vladimir Ashkenazy is playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 because he does such a superior job. His name, though, doesn’t exactly roll off my […]
I once made the statement that John B. Fairbanks’ greatest legacy was not his two years in Paris as an LDS art missionary(1890-92) nor his large body of work (primarily landscapes). His true legacy, I have reasoned, is his progeny of talented children and their offspring. The family […]
The first part of this history of the early days of the Utah Arts Council appeared in our November 2008 edition. The second part appeared in our January 2009 edition. At the end of the internal struggles that disrupted the Utah Art Institute between 1902 and 1904, the “American-trained” camp seemed to […]
If for no other reason than that health insurance isn’t cheap, good sense would suggest that for love artists should look outside their own immediate circle — say, to lawyers and doctors and such. But stodgy, clean-cut Good Sense is no match for the shock and awe campaigns […]
Though by lineage I’m 100% British, since I come from Knudsen Corner and remain in the minority of those who use the hard “k” sound for Knudsen instead of “Nudson” or “Noodson,” in a way I’m an honorary Scandinavian; or so I told myself this weekend when I […]
During the past few months, I must have had an average of ten phone calls per week either telling me who to vote for or asking my opinion about the important matters of the day. One of those important matters, as evidenced by frequent references, was the idea […]