Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Gallery MAR UPCOMING: Here and Abroad, new works by George Bodine |0| and Kirk Tatom.|1| Bodine is a self-taught artist who has studied pigments, how to make them, their archival qualities, and their history. His current occupation as an airline pilot frequently takes him to Italy, his main inspiration and painting subject. Tatom is known for painting the lush green fields and farms of both this country and England, gravitating towards the rural. Preparation of the panel requires just the right placing of texture exactly where it belongs. The surface may be sanded, scraped, polished, scored then washed, stained, and glazed. Then comes the march of the elements of landscape: a boat, a vineyard, trees, farm animals. Opens December 18, 6pm.
Kimball Art Center UP: Ansel Adams: Early Works
features 50 intimate prints made between the 1920s and 1950s.|2| These prints, rich in middle tones and printed at the time they were taken, reveal the foundation of Adams' expertise which led to the high-gloss, high-contrast prints manufactured in the 1970's-80's, coinciding with the emergence of the first retail galleries devoted to photography.
AND: Amy Peruvian: Reflection features work by the Seattle-based artist that combines glass, metal and photography.|3|
Her photographic images are both literal and metaphorical representations of memory. The glass elements of her pieces function as lenses through which memories are reflected or distorted, addressing questions of what happens to one's memories over the passage of time. AND: Carolyn Guild: Affirmations of Spirit, an exhibit of contemplative black and white landscape photography provides glimpses into our natural world, in its purest sense.|4| She seeks out the spirit in nature, reflecting her own, resulting in evocative and often surrealistic images.
Meyer Gallery UP: Texture and Melody, 25 new works by Cary Henrie.|5| Henrie's abstracted landscapes of the weathered west embrace vibrant earth tones, rich renaissance colors and windswept horizons; capturing the vastness of this great area. With each piece Mr. Henrie spends hours layering his canvas with additive and subtractive methods: sanding, varnishing, taping, adding paint, burnishing and removing layers of paint and plaster. Henrie's highly textural process lends to the depth and sophistication of each work of art.
Julie Nester Gallery UP: Paper, a group exhibition of works on paper by Stephen Foss, Kiki Gaffney, Amber George, Erik Gonzales, Betty Merken,|6| Kirsten Stolle and Heinrich Toh.Summit Center (2750 Rasmussen Road) UPCOMING: Locals Supporting Locals Christmas Art Show, a not for profit show for local artists being supported by the local community where the artists get 100% of their sales.
Brigham City Museum UP: The Great Land - Alaska, photographs by Jim Stettler. With one half of the world’s glaciers, enormous amounts of sea life, 1,500 species of wild flowers and northern lights that dance in the night sky, Alaska provided the momentum for Jim Stettler of Pleasant View to photograph the wonders and beauties of the state he lived in for 14 years. Also included are images from New England and Washington. Stettler has captured in tri-color sepia images the people and the scenery that have enthralled him in and around Anchorage, Barrow, Fairbanks, Homer and Seward. He also traveled 35 miles out on the Chukchi Sea to capture scenes of an Inuit family on an iceberg.
BDAC UP: Annual Holiday Show & Sale.
Western Heritage Art Museum UPCOMING: Santas on Parade, a varied assortment of Holiday Santas -- figures, wall hangings, and more, graciously loaned by patrons of the Museum for display.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Uses of the Real: What's New Now? displaying 31 new works donated by the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation and Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. AND: EcoVisionaries: Designs for Living on Earth, an exhibit of socially engaged artists who seek out and propose radical concepts using unusual materials to create innovations that reduce the impact of humans or preserve environments. AND: Evidence and Artifacts: Particle Matter 2.5, Christopher M. Gauthiér’s photographs of Cache Valley, made in the midst of ice, fog, and inversion, a natural and manmade regional weather phenomenon in which beauty and toxicity combine.|7| Gauthiér documents both the cause and effect of the growing air pollution problem in the valley during the coldest days of the year.
Eccles Community Art Center UP: Paintings by Steve Songer |8| and pottery by Kevin Parson.
. AND: Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique in the Carriage House. Featured artists include: Sandra Ashby and Sandra Cooney, John Clark, Crystal Cook, Juanita Denton, Judith Peterson, Brock Thorne and Jami Willson.
Gallery 25 UP: Anniversary Show, new work from gallery members, as well as a silent auction with each member of the gallery making available a painting that can be bid on. Artwork includes paintings, jewelry, cards, glass ornaments, wood turnings, pine needle baskets, and pottery.|9| A 2011 Artists' Calendar is also available.
Book Recommendations From Our Writers
Looking and more looking: the art criticism of John Updike
In 2008, just months before his death, John Updike delivered the annual Jefferson Lecture on the humanities. "The Clarity of Things: What's American About American Art?" should not have come as a surprise, since the novelist and man of letters had been writing about art for decades. True, his first collection, Just Looking, had gone out of print after its 1989 publication, but continuing desire and rising prices for rare used copies led to its reprinting in 2000 by the Boston Museum of Art. Still Looking followed five years later. Like the earlier volume it primarily collected reviews and essays that ran originally in The New York Review of Books. There are many kinds of writing about art: scholarly histories, overweaning theories, sentimental biographies. There are also different kinds of reviews. Updike, think of his novels what you will, was no stranger to the act of writing into controversy, and while his affection for certain artists can open them and us up for new discoveries, his rear-guard defense of traditional principles and established values at times seems—in today’s climate—prescience verging on revolutionary vision. Several years before the CIA’s role in puffing up Jackson Pollock’s status became common knowledge Updike, in what might have seemed curmudgeonly ire, declined to admire an artist whose larger-than-life biography overwhelmed his small material accomplishment.
Ultimately, Updike’s novelist’s skill in description and his lack of allegiance to orthodox opinion make him arguably invaluable. Whether one agrees with him that Singer Sargent, despite growing critical favor, lacks what it take to be thought “great” or not, the argument applies a useful brake on the common desire to rush ahead of the masses in the push for leading-edge taste. It may not yet be quite time for the market to turn away from sensation—especially the sensations of decadent sex and decadent money—and return to the standard of aesthetic pleasure. But when it does, the way forward will have been mapped by old-school critics like John Updike.
A Captured City
Eugen Atget's Paris is a confectionery treat for the eyes. This particular collection of photographs is not only beautiful but haunting. Each image offers a glimpse of Paris as it looked shortly before the turn of the 20th century. Before much of the city was demolished Atget captured the narrow twisting alleyways and meticulous architecture of the time. Very few of his images feature people, instead Atget photographed a bustling city in a way that makes it appear to be completely abandoned. This gives a sense that your eyes are wandering through quiet sacred places that aren't meant to be disturbed, instead you go to pay your respects to a time that was almost lost to history.