The British Passion for Landscape:
Masterpieces from National Museum Wales
August 29–December 13, 2015
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
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
September 18, 2015–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.