Book Reviews

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

Book Reviews | Visual Arts

James Swensen’s “In a Rugged Land” is a Dense but Easily Digestible Look Into a Unique Collaboration

Life magazine published “Three Mormon Towns” on September 6, 1954. Today, the photo-essay by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams — two of the best-known photographers in the medium’s history — is largely unknown. James Swensen’s new book, In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the Three […]

Book Reviews | Current Edition | Visual Arts

New Book on Brian Kershisnik Explores the Artist’s Three-Decade Search for the Metaphysical in the Physical

[dropcap]Brian[/dropcap] Kershisnik could be called the Mormon Norman Rockwell – if Rockwell had painted like Chagall and Mormons were still called Mormons – they aren’t supposed to be, I know, but can’t for the life of me recall what replaces the term so recently declared out of favor […]

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Myth-Busting: Branding the American West explores the shifting layers that defined the post-frontier West

Branding the American West, the new exhibit in Brigham Young University Museum of Art’s main floor gallery, is so full of colorful, engaging, accessible paintings, by talented, brand-name artists of regional interest, that patrons likely will find themselves breezing through the exhibit, enjoying one scene after another, with […]

Book Reviews | Visual Arts

Painters of Grand Teton National Park by Donna L. and James L. Poulton

Commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 2016 formation of the National Park Service, the book is a joy to peruse. At a whopping 288 pages, this coffee-table-size tome brings the Grand Teton Range and Jackson Hole area to life in two dimensions. From “Trappers and Traders” to more contemporary works (by Poor Yorick’s Brad Slaugh, for one) it includes more than 375 paintings, drawings and photographs of the Tetons landscape and its wildlife covering over 200 years.