Long before street graffiti-artist Banksy left his signature tags around Park City during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, public art has been at the helm of the Summit County community. While the collective art is largely accessible en masse, private art collections are, more often than not, exactly that: private treasures off-limits to all but a few people.
Running through Jan. 5, Kimball Art Center’s latest exhibit, Park City Collects II, aims to bridge the gap between artistic accessibility and exclusivity. After its first success in 2011, the show has returned to dig deeper into the special relationship of artwork, the people who collect it and the stories behind how or why they acquired it.
The exhibit is curated from a dozen homes around Park City, and the art is on loan from local residents and art aficionados. Photos, paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics cover a wide spectrum of styles, mediums and time periods. And while you’ll spot a Henri Matisse or a Jeremy Lipking glowing under the gallery lights, the show muses on the idea that art is quantifiable only by personal value.
Take, for instance, my own art collection, loosely based around a theme of vintage ski posters and High West Distillery paraphernalia. Comparatively speaking, it’s no Guggenheim. (Coincidentally though, a handful of Park City Collects artwork has been featured in both the famed Frank Lloyd-Wright building and MoMA.) But do a few hand-me-down prints make my personal collection any less significant than, say, one collector’s framed Wonder Woman costume or another collector’s original Annie Leibovitz photo—both of which are on display at the Kimball?
Not at all, says Erin Linder, Kimball’s former Exhibitions Director who curated the gallery. “Art is accessible,” but it’s not just about original or highly sought-after pieces, she says. “You can absolutely collect prints. It’s a good entry into art collecting.”
And I’ll agree with one caveat: just don’t skimp on the frame.
Park City Collects II will be on display in the Main Gallery at Kimball Art Center through Jan. 5. Open daily, free admission. kimballartcenter.org, 435-649-8882.
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.