salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
February 21, 2013 – June 23, 2013
salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is the seventh installment in the Museum's series of exhibitions featuring new and innovative art from around the world. For her first solo exhibition in the western United States, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will show never-before exhibited oil paintings. Employing a palette and brushwork not unlike that of traditional western portraiture, Yiadom-Boakye's luscious, gestural paintings consider the role of the black figure, as both subject and author, in the art historical canon. Her ambiguous portraits, composed from various sources and imagination, are purposely void of social, economic, and spatial clues. However, her fictitious subjects often engage the viewer with a direct glance or a furtive grin, projecting agency and inviting viewer interpretation.
Sponsored in part by Nancy and Dave Gill with additional support from Noel Kirnon.
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Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West
February 15 - August 11, 2013
Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West is an ambitious exhibition comprising more than 100 oil paintings, sculpture, and works on paper drawn primarily from the Diane and Sam Stewart Collection. It examines depictions of American Indian identity (by both natives and non-natives) in a diverse array of styles: from the traditional European schools to Modernist abstraction and conceptual renderings of cultural motifs. Subject matter focuses on the Pueblo people of Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico but other important and impactful portraits of American Indians are also included. Artworks range in tone from the romantic and ideal to the utterly real, sometimes taking on sensitive subject matter that is often inherent to contemporary American Indian identity. This exhibition negotiates the devices and implications of portraiture as a historical genre, to show that a portrait can either fashion a mythologized persona or an authentic personal dynamic that speaks to lived experience.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation
LEADERSHIP SPONSORS: Wasatch Advisors | UMFA Friends of Utah and Western Art | Naoma Tate | Zions Bank
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: The Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation | Lynn and Tom Fey | Kem and Carolyn Gardner | Jack and Jodi Livingood
Partners: Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine | Benjamin and Lisa Logue | John and Joan Firmage | Barabino Huebner Fund at the Community Foundation | Jacobsen Lake Foundation | Michael and Donna Weinholtz
Mike Disfarmer: Cleburne County Portraits
January 24, 2012 - July 14, 2013
The Coen Brothers, Ralph Lauren and guitarist Bill Frisell are just a few artists who have found inspiration in the photographs of Mike Disfarmer. A small town photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas, Disfarmer used glass plate negatives to create snapshot-size photographs as keepsakes for the local community. The stark minimalism of his studio backdrops, especially those used during the 1930s and through the war years, effectively isolate his subjects and in doing so create intimate, deeply human portraits of them. The dignity of hard work and the vagaries of rural life can be read in the faces and demeanor of the many people who sat for his "penny portraits."
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Further Pressure from Cannibals, 2010, oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches. Collection of Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels. Courtesy of the artist, Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Shonto Begay (Diné [Navajo], b. 1954), Grandfather's Funeral, 2011, acrylic on canvas. Collection of Diane and Sam Stewart.
Mike Disfarmer, American, Seated family of five, c. 1940, gelatin silver print. Purchased with funds from Christie's in memory of Harry Lunn, Dr. James E. and Debra Pearl, and Dr. Donald L. and Alice A. Lappé.