Max Evans Bibliography

Cliff Evans

Born 1977


"Citizenship in the Museum," Review,
Hagit Peleg Rotem, July 18th, 2017,

"The Anonymous Image," Essay,
Zixi Liang and Selena Shabot, Sept. 2016,
from the digital catalog The Layered Image, Hampshire College, MA

"Consuming/Screaming Culture: a collection of fascinating exhibitions at the Herzliya," Review,
Hagit Peleg Rotem, March 18th, 2015,

“East City Art Reviews: Select 2014,” Review,
Eric Hope, March 14th, 2014, East City Art

“Cliff Evans: Drones in the Garden,” Review,
J.W. Mahoney, Jan. 13th, 2013, ArtPulse Magazine

“Decade: Contemporary Collecting 2002-2012,” Exhibition Catalogue,
Douglas Dreishpoon, Louis Grachos, David Pagel, Heather Pesanti, 2012,
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

“Cliff Evans: Drones in the Garden,” Review,
Mark Jenkins, Nov. 29th, 2012, The Washington Post

“Vitamin A: Cliff Evans, 'Drones in the Garden',” Review,
John Anderson, Nov. 19th, 2012, Washington City Paper

“Stepping into the 21st century at the Gardner Museum,” Review,
Mark Feeney, Aug. 4th, 2012, The Boston Globe

“Artist Profile: Cliff Evans,” Interview,
Louis Doulas, March 13th, 2012,

“Vitamin A: Cliff Evans’ ‘Camping at Home #1’" Review,
John Anderson, Feb. 29th, 2012, Washington City Paper

“Cliff Evans creates video installations from found imagery,” Article,
Jonathan Monaghan, Oct. 27th, 2011, Lost at E Minor

“... Hot Art,” Article,
Katya Kazakina, Aug. 3rd, 2011,

“Worth Seeing Side Fair During Armory Week in New York,” Article,
Anne Couillaud, March 1st, 2011, The Huffington Post

“Sound of Art,” Vinyl Record,
Paddy Johnson and Michelle Halabura, Nov. 17th, 2010,

“Puppet Masters,” Feature,
Cliff Evans, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung and Kurt Mueller, Nov., 2010, Art Lies Magazine

“Cliff Evans, Citizen: The Wolf and the Nanny,” Review
Jonathan T.D. Neil, Feb. 16th, 2010, Artreview

“New Video and Drawings Flaunt Dystopias,” Review,
Leanne Goebel, Feb. 13th, 2010, Adobe Airstream

“Video Art Dazzles at DU,” Review
Kyle MacMillan, Jan. 28th, 2010, Denver Post

“Under Control,” Catalog,
Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, Oct. 2009,
Krannert Art Museum & University of Washington Press

“Not Your Father's Pop,” Review,
Paul Kosidowski, Sept. 9th, 2009, Milwaukee Magazine

“Social Issues go Pop,” Review
Mary Louise Schumacher, Aug. 7th, 2009, Journal Sentinal

“Haggerty Museum’s ‘Jump Cut Pop’ Continues Cultural Critique,” Review,
Angelina Krahn, July 28th, 2009, Express Milwaukee

“Thinking inside the H-Box at OCMA,” Review,
Dave Barton, May 13th, 2009, OC Weekly

“H Box Artists,” Article,
Christopher Smith, April 12th, 2009, Los Angeles Times

“The Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory,” Catalog,
Gioni Massimiliano, Laura Hoptman, Lauren Cornell, April, 2009, Phaidon

“Animals and Icons,” Review,
Amy Bernstein, March 23rd, 2009, PortlandArt

"Top Ten Artists in Miami," Award Pick,
Stefania Carrozzini, Dec. 2008, NY Arts Magazine, online

"Art and loathing in Miami," Review,
Sean Smuda, Dec. 22nd, 2008,

“Top Ten: The Year in Art,” Award Pick,
Cara Ober, Dec. 10th, 2008, Baltimore City Paper

“Scope’s Circus: The Good and The Bad,” Review,
Paddy Johnson, Dec. 10th, 2008,

“Guest Review of Cliff Evans’ Empyrean @ The Library,” Review,
Alex Mudge, Nov. 11th, 2008, There Were Ten Tigers Blog

“Bits and Bytes,” Review,
Martin L. Johnson, Nov. 5th, 2008, Baltimore City Paper

“Artist Mackinnon looks at ‘Empyrean’,” Review,
Kate Mackinnon, Oct. 24th, 2008, The Baltimore Examiner

“Agency: Art and Advertising,” Catalog,
Concannon, Kevin and Samantha Sullivan, 2008, McDonough Museum of Art

“About Power,” Article,
Pedro dos Reis, July 18th, 2008,

“Art in Review,” Review,
Ken Johnson, July 4th, 2008, The New York Times

“Weekend Update,” Review,
Walter Robinson, July 3rd, 2008, Artnet Magazine

“Where from Here,” Article,
Tyler Coburn, March 6th, 2008,

“Boston: Cliff Evans,” Review,
Francine Koslow Miller, Feb. 2008, Art Forum

“MIAMI 2007 GLUT BUT NOT RUT,” Review,
Gae Savannah, Jan. 7th, 2008, FlashArtonline

“There’s pop in these videos,” Review,
Cate McQuaid, Dec. 9th, 2007, The Boston Globe

“Visionary video,” Review,
Chris Bergeron, Nov. 25th, 2007, The MetroWest Daily News

“Evans uses pop-culture iconography to jarring effect,” Review,
Lumay Wang, Nov. 19th, 2007, The Tufts Daily

“Apocalypse Now,” Review,
Greg Cook, Nov. 15th, 2007, The Boston Phoenix

“Museum Mash-Up,” Article,
Caitlin Jones, Nov. 13th, 2007,

“Fair Flip Flops,”Review,
Ben Davis, July 20, 2007, Artnet Magazine

“The Treasure Island,”Review,
Blanca de la Torre, July 2, 2007,

“Infowar Art on the Web,” Article,
Miguel Amado, June 27, 2007,

“Capital Roundup,” Review,
Sidney Lawrence, May 2007, Artnet Magazine

“Weather Report,”Review,
Douglas Max Utter, March 2007, The Cleveland Free Times

"Of the day in Austin," Article, Painting featured,
Jennifer Krichels, Feb. 2007, Texas Home and Living

"Film: Best of 2006," Top ten list,
Barbara London, Dec. 2006, Art Forum

"Best Gallery Show: Material Matters" Award Pick 2006
Sept. 20, 2006, Baltimore City Paper

"Made in America," Review,
J. Bowers, Aug. 16, 2006, Baltimore City Paper

"Indulging in an exhibition about excess in America," Review,
Glenn McNatt, Aug. 9, 2006, Baltimore Sun

"Composers, filmmakers mesh sights and sounds," Review,
Richard Dyer, Aug. 18, 2004, Boston Globe

"Project melds music, movies," Article,
Richard Dyer, Aug. 6, 2004, Boston Globe

"Internet in our world," Radio Interview,
Andrea Shea, June 23, 2004, “Here & Now,” NPR

Max Evans
History Blazer, November 1995

When Preston Nutter died in January 1936 at the age of 86, the Salt Lake Telegram described him as "Utah's last great cattle king" and "one of the last links between the old west and the new." As "king"of the range, Nutter was one of the best known cattle barons in Utah, with herds of cattle numbering in the thousands roaming over vast areas of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Nutter was able to carve out such a successful cattle enterprise due to his business and marketing savvy and determination.

Born in Virginia in 1850, he was orphaned at the age of nine. After spending a miserable two years with relatives whom he disliked, he ran away, only to end up floating down the Mississippi River working as a cabin boy. He soon tired of this adventure and caught the next wagon train headed for San Francisco. After attending business college there, Nutter again decided it was time for a change and journeyed to Provo, Utah, where he joined Alfred Packer and his group of gold prospectors. Nutter traveled east with the prospectors into Colorado, but he soon realized that their searching was fruitless and that Alfred was a "whining fraud." So, Nutter decided to spend the winter with Chief Ouray of the Utes while Packer and some of the other men continued on into the ominous snow-packed mountains. The following spring Packer returned alone, looking fat and contented. Nutter, suspecting that something was amiss, soon discovered that Packer had eaten his five companions while trapped in a bad snowstorm. In 1883 Nutter was the prosecution's chief witness during the trial of "Alfred Packer the Man-Eater" whose notoriety spread throughout the West.

Preston Nutter Ranch

Having had enough of prospecting adventures, Nutter turned his attention to the cattle industry. After purchasing a small herd in Colorado, he looked for a sizeable piece of good rangeland. Remembering the lush mountain pastures of Utah, he drove his cattle westward into their new Utah range between Thompson Springs and Moab. Soon after arriving he struck a deal with the Cleveland Cattle Company to exchange 1,000 head of his mixed breed cattle for the Cleveland's Herefords. At the time, Herefords were not very popular with ranchers, but Nutter, with uncanny foresight, could see that in time Hereford cattle would dominate the West.

By 1888 Nutter had formed the Grand Cattle Company with his partners Ed Sands and Tom Wheeler. During the next few years the size of their herd increased dramatically, and Nutter was able to buy out most of the cattlemen around the Utah-Arizona border. Although many ranchers were wiped out by the summer droughts and severe winters of 1886 and 1887, Nutter was able to stay on top by wintering his cattle at Thompson Springs, located near a railhead, making it possible to ship in feed for the hungry herd. On the business side of the cattle industry he gained advantages by negotiating special deals in Washington and maintaining business contacts with friends in New York. Through them he was able to acquire some of the best grazing land in the Uinta Basin and access to valuable springs in the deserts of southern Utah. Arguments over who "owned" the springs were common, and Nutter met with a lot of resistance from cattle ranchers and sheepherders alike who all wanted sole access to the water. However, rather than duking it out in a "range war" Nutter preferred to settle water-rights disputes in a legal manner and as a result spent many hours of his life in the courtroom.

To keep his cattle business running smoothly he spent days on end in the saddle and when riding across the state on a horse or a mule, he was occupied with selling and buying cattle, checking out new grazing land, hassling with the sheepherders who were invading his land, or dealing with rustlers. As a result, Nutter was 58 years old before he got married and started to settle down. His wife, Katherine Fenton, often joked that the only way she was able to catch him was "to agree that the honeymoon be incorporated into an eastern cattle buying trip." Katherine and Preston settled in at Nine Mile Canyon, the ranch headquarters for the Nutter Corporation which stretched across 300,000 acres. The ranch in Nine Mile Canyon is still an important historical landmark and was operated by the Nutter family until 1986 after which it was sold to the owners of the Sabine Corporation who to this day use Nine Mile Canyon as their ranching headquarters.

Preston Nutter was a man who looked to the future; he was always trying to find ways to improve his herds and to preserve the wild, rugged land that he loved so much. Right before his death he had started to negotiate with J. N. Darling, head of the U.S. Biological Survey, about turning some of his rangeland into a big game preserve. During his lifetime Nutter had built up a herd so vast that many old-timers reckoned that even Preston didn't know exactly how many cattle he owned, for he truly was the great cattle king of Utah.

Sources: Virginia N. Price and John T. Darby, "Preston Nutter: Utah Cattleman, 1886-1936," Utah Historical Quarterly 32 (1964); James H. Beckstead, Cowboying: A Tough Job in a Hard Land (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1991).



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