Unseen Shores: The Post-Vietnam Era from the U.S. Navy Art Collection
Monica Allen-Perin; Chip Beck' Fred Harris; Gene Klebe; Hughie Lee-Smith; Paul C. DeLorenzo; Robert Adam Malin; Erik Marshall Murray; John Charles Roach; Robert G. Smith; Edward (Ted) Wilbur; Morgan Wilbur; Frank E. Zuccarelli
"Unseen Shores" fills a void in the now traditional contemporary art world that typically favors avant-garde artworks of large scale in a non-referential style and/or with a theoretical foundation and/or in a technologically-innovative medium. These twenty-eight artworks, draw from the U.S. Navy Art Collection, reveal a surprising autonomy in art-making and acquisition in the official embrace of this (and other) branches of the United States military, despite suspicions to the contrary. There is a remarkable cross-section of subjects and styles from expected watercraft and aircraft, to the unexpected -- diversity of gender and race; civil engineering and rescue operations; off-duty leisure -- carving out a space in contemporary art for a realist mode of representation, existing as a hybrid between the objectivity of documentation by intricate theories and not dependent on the novelty of trendy materials. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space.
Military air pilots, Portrait paintings, Salt Lake Art Center, paintings, military personnel