Simpler, Brighter, Stronger: Early Modernism and Southwest American Art
500 Campus Drive
Provo, UT 84602
The vivid colors, sweeping vistas, and towering rock formations of the southwestern United States are among the most striking in the world. Such intensity presented new possibilities for early-20th-century artists trained in a realistic style. Simpler, Brighter, Stronger: Early Modernism and Southwest American Art at the BYU Museum of Art in Provo, Utah, highlights artists' attempts to capture the region's grandeur by borrowing from European modernists. Cribbed techniques include bold brushstrokes and hyper-bright hues of Phillip Henry Barkdull's Great White Throne.