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“Abstract” Exhibition Opens in the Rio Gallery – 30 April 2014

abstract /ab·’strakt / adj  3: having only intrinsic form with little or no pictorial representation.

art / ‘ärt / n  4: the use of skill and imagination in the production of things of beauty.

Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “Abstract” in the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from May 9 – June 6, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An artist reception will be held on May 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

“Abstract” is an exhibition featuring the work of more than 30 abstract painters from Utah, including Fidalis Buehler, Carolyn Coalson, Meri DeCaria, Lee Deffebach, John O’Connell, Douglas Snow, and Sunny Belliston Taylor, among many others.

Although the historical manifestations of abstract art throughout time and place are many and varied, a common thread exists in the conveyance of sensations or emotion through a range of gestures, colors, textures, and surfaces — all while lacking representation of the physical world.

Abstract art has encouraged many debates among artists and art historians about the nature of art, beauty, skill, and creativity. Rather than allow these debates to reignite, this exhibition seeks to let these works speak for themselves.

“Many of the painters in this exhibition have been working in Utah for a number of decades, and they have undeniably influenced a younger generation of abstract artists currently working in the state,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Their impact on the landscape of Utah, and on one another, provides a rich context for conversations about the continuing importance of abstraction as a device.”