December 29, 2014.
The comedian has been reticent on what CNN calls “a litany of allegations” that give Dennis Hopper’s image of Bill Cosby hiding in ivy ironic symbolism at the end of 2014. That same art was removed from the Aria the morning of December 24.
According to the Aria’s art guide, the Hopper piece was “on loan from a Private Collection” and that leaves room for any forthcoming assertion the art was scheduled for return or rotation.
In November, Cosby had two shows at Treasure Island canceled by “mutual agreement” reported USA Today, two bookings that were among ten performances that were shelved. Both NBC and Netflix postponed projects being developed with the comedian.
It was an intriguing side note for an afternoon on the Strip but my iPhone was dead by the time I got back to the Aria. Today there's a Facebook post with a photo of the empty wall from a "Xmas day stroll" by a local artist prompting the never reserved art critic Mat Gleason to chime in: "Ignorant bureaucrat or curator with a stitch of humanity? You be the judge!"
Photo added December 29
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.