Photo and captions by Nancy Good.
"As though launching a fiery javelin, The Man appears to fight the very fire that threatens to consume him," writes photographer Nancy Good, who captured these images at Burning Man, Nevada's Black Rock Desert dreamlike event. This year artists were encouraged to explore the similarities between 15th-century Florence and the festival, now in its 30th year.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Erin Cosgrove’s Urfathrer Adams has eyes on a UNLV history of photography class at the Marjorie Barrick Museum. It is the first week of the 2016 fall semester and the current exhibition, FIVE, closes September 10. The gallery was quickly put to use as an art laboratory. It helps to hear about the work, and it becomes a refresher how to rethink art works, said Lauren Vaccaro, a senior majoring in Art History. “It’s also good to hear how others interpret art.”
The Las Vegas artist who did the life-size, nude statues of Trump says more will be created. He owns the mold. I Las Vegas Review Journal
SAVED MURAL: In Los Angeles, Yreina Cervantez's ‘La Ofrenda’ (1990) has been restored I SPARC
TACO PARTY: Frankly, Trump's presidential campaign can easily prompted a weekly Link + Ink dedicated to all the commentary. Below are just two from the current batch responding to Marco Gutierrez, the founder of Latinos for Trump who warned that mobile food is a threat from an "imposing" culture I NYTimes
“In the days when black-and-white photography reigned, professional colorists took on the task of creating technicolor views by meticulously painting pictures by hand.” From "When Photographs Were Colored By Hand" via Hyperallergic.
It's about time. Robert Williams, founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, has a solo show. It will be in his hometown in New Mexico, at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Sante Fe.
No beard for Bard? Shakespeare's portrait to be cleaned. May cost the playwright his facial hair, reports Daily Mail
Frieze ends its five-part series "looking back at the most significant exhibitions from the past 25 years"
Vulture sent comedian Eric André to the streets to critique New York City's public art.
Artsy offers four walking tours of New York's public art organized by neighborhood.
The NYTimes plans to kill regional art coverage.
3D is Banksy, says investigative journalist Craig Williams, who tracked a fw patterns. He makes a compelling argument that Robert “3D” Del Naja, the founding member of Massive Attack, is the elusive graffiti artist Banksy. I Daily Telegraph
Greg Gossel "I Need You!" Silkscreen ink, enamel, acrylic, and collage on canvas 65" x 57"
Arts Writer Liz Ohanesian on Corey Helford Gallery's 10th-anniversary show in Los Angeles. "It isn't a typical gallery exhibit. Think of this more like a museum exhibition, a mazelike journey through a cavernous space filled with an almost overwhelming amount of art." The show runs until September 24 I LA Weekly
Arts Council Malta is the government agency that uses street art as a teaching point, reports the NYTimes. "Most cities around the world denounce, or grudgingly tolerate, painting on public property. But on the Mediterranean island of Malta, the process is encouraged." I NYTimes
"Smartly focused and radically open-ended, the exhibition brings together a fascinating mass of data that incites — and inspires — visitors to think for themselves," writes David Pagel in "Imaginative show at the Center for Land Use Interpretation looks at how we memorialize our presidents" at the LA Times.
“Galleries find me on Instagram,” says artist Dan Lam. “They reach out to me and they ask to be a part of shows. It’s crazy. Like, you know there’s all these books out with information about how artist can make it or whatever and it doesn’t even touch on how Instagram needs to be a very crucial part of your strategy.” Art and Seek
Tony Hsieh hesitated during early negotiations for Big Rig Jig, according to a report by Kristy Totten in the Las Vegas Weekly one year ago. "Then he received this email, allegedly written by Banksy: 'I feel strongly Big Rig Jig is probably the first sculptural masterpiece of the post-industrial age and we want to exhibit it accordingly. Importance is measured in influence, and you can never be sure, but I’m confident in 20 years time Big Rig Jig will be cited by a whole new generation of artists as a touchstone in modern sculpture. It should be in every textbook of art history that covers this age and this won’t happen from photos at Burning Man alone.' "
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.
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.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.