Fall Exhibition Preview

“Fall” in love with the UMFA and five exciting new exhibitions this season.

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  • The Ideal Landscape

October 7, 2010 through January 9, 2011

This exhibition brings together thirteen Chinese landscape paintings dating from the Ming dynasty to the twentieth century. These artworks do not recreate a landscape, but instead conjure an ideal scene imagined by the painter. As a result, these depictions of mountains and bodies of water offer expressions of the artist’s heart and mind.

  • Trevor Southey: Reconciliation

October 21, 2010 through February 13, 2011

This retrospective of the life and work of Utah-based artist Trevor Southey gives prominence to four life passages that have defined Southey’s character and his art: his youth in Rhodesia and education in England; his life as a married, practicing Mormon and his desire for a utopian lifestyle created around family, farming, and art; Southey’s decision to acknowledge his homosexuality in 1982, which coincided with the first major public awareness of the AIDS epidemic; and the reconciliation of his life decisions as expressed in his revised artistic approach to the human form.

PRESENTING SPONSORS: The Bastian Foundation, Jim Dabakis and Stephen Justesen, Tom and Mary McCarthey

With support from: Day Christensen, Diane Stewart, Alyssa Warnock, Marva Warnock

  • Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art and Yayoi Kusama: Decades

October 21, 2010 – February 13, 2011

Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art brings together classic works of Pop Art from the UMFA’s permanent collection, as well as more recent works influenced by Pop, with a focus on the human face and figure. Many works in the exhibition take the form of portraits, such as Alex Katz’s series of screen prints depicting young people in the 1970s, or ironic self-portraiture, as in Robert Arneson’s Untitled Trophy (Bust Of Bob) (1978). Faces also includes a series of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid portraits, a recent gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view for the first time. Ranging from portraits of the rich and famous—among them, Pia Zadora, Yves Saint Laurent, and artist Keith Haring—to unknown figures, Warhol’s Polaroids reveal the idiosyncrasies of his subjects.

Yayoi Kusama: Decades offers a focused presentation of exemplary works by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A key figure in the New York art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, Kusama’s pioneering work has galvanized subsequent generations of artists. From her early watercolor paintings of the 1950s to her “accumulation” sculptures of the 1960s, to recent, large-scale “infinity nets” paintings, the exhibition highlights works from each decade of the artist’s long career.

  • salt 2: Sophie Whettnall

November 18, 2010 through February 2


1. A colorless or white crystalline solid used extensively in ground or granulated form as a food seasoning and preservative.
2. An element that gives flavor or zest.
3. Sharp, lively wit.
4. A mineral sharing definitive characteristics with Utah’s capital city.

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall is the second in the UMFA’s new series of exhibitions that showcase the work of contemporary artists from around the world. Belgian artist Sophie Whettnall (b. 1973) works mostly with photography, video, and multimedia installations, yet she was trained as a painter and much of her work retains a rich, painterly quality. Whettnall engages the temporal nature of video as a medium, creating images that inhabit a space between stillness and activity as they develop over time.  Frequently training her camera on the landscape, she explores the relationship between the self and its surroundings in a world of increasing transience and dislocation.


salt reflects the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to the city that shares the program’s name.


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