Hello to anyone visiting through Arts4Nevada, where PaintThisDesert is now listed as a media source. This is Link + Ink, an occasional and random list that gathers news about local and national public art, murals and street art. Mostly anyway. Some art items are too good not to share.
Photo: Ed Fuentes / PtD
ROCK STAR: David Walker, Executive Director for the Nevada Museum of Art, welcoming visitors to 'Seven Magic Mountains" at the opening reception. May 10, 2016.
ADD MAY 16: Kristen Peterson spends time with NMA's David Walker and it may be one of the more important interviews about regional art: “My hope is that ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ is going to be a nice bridge between some of the hugely historically significant projects of Heizer and other land artists with the future of contemporary art,” Walker says, “and that during the two years of ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ there’s going to be an incredible, authentic conversation in Southern Nevada about the need for an art museum.” Las Vegas Sun
7MM TALK: The far reaching media coverage for Seven Magic Mountains included Randy Kennedy at The New York Times. One passage: "The sculptures, which will remain in place for two years and were financed mostly by private and corporate donors, connect themselves to the history of postwar American land art but also push it raucously, impishly into the 21st century, recalling a phrase that Mr. [William] Fox likes to quote from the art critic Jeff Kelley to describe Las Vegas: 'The American dream in drag.' " NYTimes
AWOL: Michael Ogilvie, Clark County art specialist, talks about the "Night Eyes" heist and recovery at KNPR
MORE RAINBOW: Artist Holly Vaughn (above) sits in front of "Gems," her installation for the Clark County project bringing public art to street medians. It wasn't stolen, so far, she says.
MORE M.O.: Nevada Magazine will feature "Territorial Legends" by the same Michael Ogilvie, whose "bio-comics, part illustrated obituary, part tall tale, profile Nevada’s obscure yet legendary inhabitants. He digs up and resurrects characters from the memory dump of Nevada history. " Territorial Legends begins with the July/August 2016 issue of Nevada Magazine.
EARLY PEEK: Las Vegas Weekly's Rosalie Spear previews "High Noon," Myranda Bair’s incoming exhibit at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery. It opens May 16. The reception with artist talk is Friday, May 20 at 6 pm. Details at Facebook.
ONGOING: Rachel Stiff's "Framing the West" continues through June 24 at the Winchester Cultural Center.
BUNNY: "After moving to Las Vegas from her hometown in New York City in 2010, Omayra Amador decided to bring art where she longed to see more color—on the streets" writes DTLV in their profile of the street artist. Amador was selected Street Artist of the Year at Desert Companion. Previous MtB sighting at Paint This Desert.
ART STALK: KNPR's Bryan McCormick toured my old beat, the Downtown LA Art Walk for KNPR. He wrote: "I was impressed, though in most cases the level of work wasn’t necessarily a lot different from what we might see in Vegas on a really good First Friday."
QUICK HITS FROM OUTSIDE NEVADA
"From nanny to international art star: Ramiro Gomez on how his paintings reveal the labor that makes California cool possible" I CMonstah via LAT
I've been following artist Carlos Aguilar mural “Among Heroes” for a few years now. It was always just completed, until someone else requests a family member to be added I OC Register
The Santa Monica Museum of Art announced is is now the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and will be another migrant to Downtown L.A. I Art Net
A Rembrandt takes a trip from New Jersey to a stop at The Getty I LATimes
The Corn Palace, the Gateway to South Dakota, will keep an organic mural "one year longer than originally planned" I Daily Republic
Super 8 motels will rebrand and use contemporary decor. "To free up wall space for new black and white prints, they’ve enlisted Amy Sedaris to name and give away decades worth of horrible hotel art" I The Wall Street Journal
Visitors to Frieze New York were greeted by "what could be taken as a new fair branding symbol: a giant, helium-inflated figure of a fat, howling baby with a tiny brainpan and an immense open mouth." The Alex Da Corte piece was titled “Free Money." I NYTImes
The murals "Old South" and "New South" by Chicago artist John Warner Norton, installed in the 1930s, is being challenged as inappropriate. Defenders of heritage are resisting any change I Star Tribune
"8 Street Art Hot Spots in Detroit" makes the case on how the city’s creative renaissance "has ignited a boom in public art" I Architectural Digest
SFMOMA NOTE 1: "The West Coast Modern is not only bigger than the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it is poised — with concerted diversifying — to do for the late 20th and 21st centuries what its East Coast cousin did for the art of the late 19th and early 20th," raved Roberta Smith in the NYTimes.
SFMOMA NOTE 2: Days earlier art critic Christopher Knight countered any idea of the collection as "diversifying" in his article on SFMOMA, he wrote: "You might also notice that this is entirely a selection of New York wares, almost all by men, with some produced in Germany but all vetted in Manhattan's governing marketplace. That doesn't mean that it's bad — especially because a lot, if not most, is very, very good. (Are better surveys of Warhol, Richter or Kelly displayed in any museum? No.) It's deep but narrow." I LATimes
NOTE FOR ANY MUSEUM: Tom Rachman rants about the role of the art museum, which has changed from a showcase for billionaire X to show off "Warhols, Bacons, and Hirsts" and "evoke an era when the artists were mostly Western white men and the patrons were often the unscrupulously rich " to a place that is a selfie magnet. It should be more, he says. I The New Yorker
SPEAKING OF WHICH: The question asked by W: Between Richard Serra and James Turrell, whose art Instagrams better? I WMagazine
KISS AND TELL: To help melt the "icy relationship between the U.S. and Russia, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have publicly praised one another throughout the real estate mogul's presidential campaign — and now, in a new piece of graffiti in Lithuania, they appear to be closer than ever." I NBC News
"A Haunting Work of Street Art Comes to Chernobyl" I City Lab
Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd
ART SPREE: Yusaku Maezawa went art shopping at spring auctions and spent $98 million on seven works. One was Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Untitled" from 1982. Frida Kahlo's "Dos Desnudos en el Bosque (La Tierra Misma)" from 1939 was another record breaker, reports ArtNet.
Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.