Abstract Art in the Southwest Is as Vast as the Region’s Terrain

Sheldon Harvey, “Convergence” (2022), oil on canvas, 59 x 84 inches (all images courtesy Modern West Fine Art)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has never quite assimilated into the romantic lore of cowboys and Native American souvenir culture popularized by cities throughout the Southwest. Known instead for Mormon pioneers, sweeping mountains, and sprawling deserts, the state’s artistic variety is seemingly as vast as its terrain. 

Modern West Fine Art was envisioned as a contemporary art gallery that caters to the large base of Western-focused collectors in the region, while cultivating the state’s abundance of local talent. The gallery, placed in a historic building west of downtown Salt Lake City, hosts titans of the Southwestern genre, Indigenous artists, and increasingly, a focus on contemporary artists who may or may not have a stylistic relationship to the region.

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