Holly Rae Vaughn signing her "Gem" I Courtesy of the artist.
FIELD NOTES: The new public art by local artists were scheduled to be installed in their medians by May 2016. They have been getting up one-by-one despite delays one can expect in a new public art initiative. Some "Centered" sculptures are working around permits, construction, and theft like pedestrians dodging traffic . . . Next Up: Chris Bauder's "Night Eyes" lion was lifted, then recovered, and will be reinstalled in the next few weeks, said Michael Ogilvie, public art specialist for Clark County. So will K.D. Matheson's sculpture for Decatur Boulevard. Jesse Smigel's work will be up next month, and Luis Varela-Rico is waiting for roadwork at his location to be completed. Though no date is set, a ceremonial dedication for the ten sculptures is being planned.
Miguel Rodriguez "Untitled." I This Huichol marked jaguar sits at Desert Inn Road and McLeod Drive (in front of the Winchester Cultural Center).
Adolfo Gonzalez "Octosteam" I 4060 Pecos-McLeod Drive Interconnect, north of the Flamingo Arroyo trailhead.
K.D. Matheson "Centered" sculpture will in installed this week on Decatur Boulevard, north of the 215.
Holly Rae Vaughn "Gem" I 6963 Windmill Lane , East of Rainbow.
Photo: Clark County
Chris Bauder "Night Eyes" I Decatur Boulevard near Flamingo Road, will be reinstalled.
Chris O’Rourke "Native Dance' I East Reno Avenue at Koval, off Tropicana Avenue, adjacent to McCarran Airport.
Luis Varela-Rico's work for Eastern and Serene Avenues will be installed this Fall, according to Clark County public art officials.
Robin Stark & Eric Pawloski abstract figures are now greeting drivers at 2925 N. Pecos Road, near Las Vegas Boulevard.
Jesse Smigel's "Centered" project will land on 11357 N. Decatur Boulevard, on the roundabout in front of Clark County shooting complex.
Team ZDC "Arc-Spine" on Durango Drive near Lone Mountain Road.
Courtesy Nevada State Museum Las Vegas
A new exhibition at the Nevada State Museum may have been impossible without that human desire to reinterpret casino ashtrays and matchbooks as souvenirs. Fred Wasser on “Branding Las Vegas, 1941 to 1958 – Highlights from the Greeno Collection" for KNPR
"Centered' artist Miguel Rodriguez talks about his new installation I LV Weekly
Review of Martin Kreloff and Diane Bush at Sahara West Library I LV Weekly
"Edward Burtynsky: Oil" features more than 50 large-scale color landscape photographs at the Marjorie Barrick Museum. It opens September 23 I UNLV
SIGN DOWN. WE WILL REBUILD: 'Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas" sign toppled by truck Sunday morning. There is drive-by video of the aftermath. I Review Journal
Public Art Notes
100 'Sheroes' posed nude at the Republican National Convention for photographer Spencer Tunick's “Everything She Says Means Everything." Huffington Post + ArtNet
How to meet a public art challenge by Bloomberg Philanthropies: ‘Current: L.A.’ Brings New Art Projects to the City I NYTimes
KPCC ponders if Pokémon Go' can be a way to teach gamers about public art.
"How Women's Issues Are Shown in Street Art" by Eva Recinos for BUST
"Chinati, that mecca of minimalism, was launched by the late artist Donald Judd in the tiny West Texas town of Marfa. And this summer, (James) Irwin is about to be canonized in that small circle of artists who include Judd, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre and John Wesley. There's two wings of his art installation – a stark grey building around a central courtyard. Inside, long banks of high windows filter in the desert daylight in astonishing ways." KPCC
Make American Hate and Berate Again:
"In just eight years, the very idea of an everyday visual language has fractured in the ephemeral, fast-moving worlds of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. " Political art in a very unusual year I NYTimes
A golden age for political satire. Every late night show seems to be camping at the RNC I NYTimes
Jon Stewart will join Stephen Colbert's Late Show live episodes for the Republican National Convention I Hollywood Reporter.
Colbert started early by taking over the RNC stage to "open the games" I YouTube
"How an angry national mood is reflected in pop culture" I LATimes
When the TRUMP SPENCE logo was revealed it did not go well. It was changed in a day I Politico + Wall Street Journal + Time (and just about everyone).
"It's been worn, memed and burned: How Donald Trump's 'Make America Great Again' hat reflects a nation's anger" Carolina A. Miranda for the LATimes
Cleveland artists lay in wait for Donald Trump and the Republican convention ":to remind delegates of the city’s history of police brutality and racial segregation." I The Guardian
“It took about 52 cinder blocks,” said David Gleeson, who with Mary Mihelic, built their version of a Trump wall. It's 20 yards from the US-Mexico border I NYTimes + Hyperallergic
All this hate. All we need is love: Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” show ended with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr stepping onstage together at the conclusion of Thursday’s official 10th anniversary celebration performance I LATimes
I loved the article on Ed Ruscha: "one of the coolest, most clever, yet, even, most sincere artists of our time—a man who is at once SoCal’s quintessential Pop artist and among its most formidable conceptual artists" I Juxtapoz
For the Olympics, Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra will create a "3-thousand square meter mural, named 'Ethnicities' " I PressTV
Epic statue of Guan Yu, ancient Chinese Warrior God, stands over 150 feet tall I Popular Mechanics
Epic statue of an 18b robot unveiled as public art tired and leaning against a wall. I Paint This Desert
Jaime Escalante with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Eric Garcetti at Los Angeles City Hall September 2009. Photo: Ed Fuentes
FIELD NOTES: Recent chat on late East Los Angeles educator Jaime Escalante being portrayed on a stamp prompted me to dig out this photo from my archives. Artist Justin Favela, and doctoral candidate, Emmanuel Ortega, also had memories prompted by Escalante postage. On their podcast "Latinos Who Lunch," in Episode 6: Stand and Echale Ganas, they talk about the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," the representation of Latinos in media, and education at high-risk schools.
"Stand And Deliver" bronzed Escalante's legacy in Latino culture and there has been genuine excitement about the stamp. Around one hundred people gathered at Garfield High School to honor the moment. "The U.S. Postal Service reviews thousands of applications each year and issues just 10 to 15 new stamps, and they rarely feature historical figures," reported the Los Angeles Times.
Actor Edward James Olmos, who portrayed Escalante in the film, was at the official unveiling at the 87th conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington, D.C. "It gives us a sense of who we are, a sense of dignity, of fortitude. I don't know one president, one pope, one engineer, one sports giant, one astronaut, that could have done it without a teacher," Olmos said.
Hector Ponce "Los Angeles Teachers" (1997) next to Mac Arthur Park in Los Angeles. "Stand and Deliver mural" Photo by Alissa Walker . Published under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons License.
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