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Modern West art gallery moves farther west, launching a ‘destination’ district in the shadow of a Salt Lake City overpass

As an art collector and gallery owner, Diane Stewart wouldn’t dare attempt to distill the breadth of modern art in the American West into a single work — but if pressed, Jean Richardson’s “Tumbleweed” might do the trick.

“This tumbleweed represents, in many ways, the new West, and what’s happening to the West, in good and bad ways,” Stewart said of the artwork, the first one a visitor sees entering Modern West Fine Art’s new location on downtown Salt Lake City’s western edge.

It’s the work of a transplant: Richardson is Scottish, now living in Utah.