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The British Passion for Landscape:
Masterpieces from National Museum Wales 

Through December 13

Drawn from the remarkable collection of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales,The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales offers visitors a rare opportunity to follow, in a single span, the rise of landscape painting in Britain through works from such masters as Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, and Claude Monet. The exhibition unfolds a story that runs from the Industrial Revolution, through the eras of romanticism, impressionism, and modernism, to the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of today. The work references both the poetry of landscape and the environmental threats posed by industrialism-key themes that persist in British art today and that will resonate with Utah audiences. Curators are Tim Barringer and Oliver Fairclough.

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Amgueddfa 
Cymru-National Museum Wales. The exhibition tour and catalogue are generously supported by the JFM Foundation, Mrs. Donald M. Cox, and the Marc Fitch Fund. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie's.

Katherine W. Dumke and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Special Exhibitions Endowment

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Constructing the Utah Landscape

Through January 17, 2016

Constructing the Utah Landscape, an interactive companion exhibition to The British Passion for Landscape, exposes the many tools artists use as they approach the genre. Through a variety of hands-on activities, visitors can experiment with artistic techniques on replicas of the Utah scenes on view in the gallery. From shifting the horizon line to using colored filters, visitors can manipulate the key elements of a landscape-assigning the meaning and mood and even the season to an artwork.

This exhibition highlights works from the UMFA permanent collection by Maynard Dixon, V. Douglas Snow, and LeConte Stewart, among others. It features a wide range of artistic styles and media, from traditional to abstract, including film and sculpture. By exploring these techniques, visitors will better understand and relate to the artist's process and more fully experience and appreciate the works on view throughout the UMFA.

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends

Through January 10, 2016

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, jointly organized by the UMFA and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, brings together video, sculpture, and works on paper from the last ten years of Bress's career. The Los Angeles-based artist is known for his fictional anthropomorphic characters, which he brings to life out of thrift-store finds and upholstery foam with casual doodles, cartoon animation, paint,  and video cameras. Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends is jointly curated by Whitney Tassie, UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art, and Nora Burnett Abrams, MCA Denver curator.

The exhibition in Salt Lake City is the twelfth installment of the UMFA's salt series of new work by emerging contemporary artists from around the globe and is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the UMFA Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA). The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in February 2016.

Tony Feher: They arrived yesterday,
dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits 


American sculptor Tony Feher has been changing the way we see the world for the past three decades. With a hyper-awareness of the formal qualities of everyday objects-bottles, tape, plastic bags-Feher turns unconsidered, often-discarded materials into poetic sculptures and elegant installations. For this exhibition, the UMFA has invited Feher to help us re-imagine the architecture of our Great Hall with a brand new site-specific installation.

The exhibition is sponsored by Nancy and David Gill, the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, XMission, and an anonymous donor.


Maynard Dixon_Automn Knoll Poplars

Brian Bress

Tony Feher
John Constable, A Cottage in a Cornfield, 1817. Oil on canvas, 12 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. National Museum Wales (NMW A 486). Courtesy American Federation of Arts | Maynard Dixon (American, 1875-1946), Autumn Knoll Poplars, 1932, oil on canvas, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Jarman | Brian Bress, Imposter (The Head), 2009, collage on poster print, framed, 24.25 x 19.25 inches, courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer ©Brian Bress | Tony Feher: They arrived yesterday, dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits. 



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