LEADING IN: Flutist Anastasia Petanova and harpist Emily Montoya Barnes, a UNLV School of Music alumna, perform pieces inspired by the desert at the Barrick Museum of Art's "Art & Music Day" on August 4. Despite threats of rain, and later a storm, the day was busy with over 200 parents and school children taking in art activities and a sophisticated concert.
A return to the occasional round-up of links to local art stories, and other public art notes from beyond.
TOKEN BLOGGER SNARK: "Last Friday" is the counter programming to the almost 15-year-old “First Friday” in the Downtown Las Vegas 18B Arts District. There, with galleries being taken over by bars, that night out could be subtitled “First Friday: Last Call.”
NOTED: Vegas Seven awarded Settlers + Nomads as Best Art 101 , Kittens in the Hood as Best Downtown Graffiti, and The Barrick as having the Best Fine Art Programming.
ON THE RADAR: The proposed Las Vegas Art Museum is being monitored by ArtNet news. The August 3 column of short news briefs opened with: "Will Las Vegas Finally Get an Art Museum? – The real estate developer Uri Vaknin has penned an op-ed explaining why Las Vegas needs a freestanding art museum—meaning not one in a casino—to achieve its goal of becoming a world-class city. But is he willing to foot the bill?" . . . Source: The op-ed is in the R-J.
MEDIA NOTE: Ryan Doherty is featured as a force behind Fremont East's new image in the Boston Herald.
POP-UP PLEASE: In July, Las Vegas Weekly's Geoff Carter dreamt of temporary galleries keeping art and art museum buzz alive, and the story mentioned Michele C. Quinn's merger-talk with Nevada Museum of Art. Carter also noted Quinn will have a Raymond Pettibon retrospective at her gallery, MCQ Fine Art, this September.
FLASHBACK: Pettibon is known to artists and writers who spent too much time listening to punk. Besides leading punk scene design, Pettibon named his older brother's band, Black Flag . . . Catch-up: There is a mini-doc, The Art of Black Flag, in a 2013 post by MOCAtv at KCET. Holland Cotter reviewed "Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work," a 2017 show at the New Museum for the NYTimes. Carter Ratcliff wrote about the same exhibition for the May 2017 issue of Art in America. No link. Hunt down a back issue.
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EMS: Eric Minh Swen was in town for Laura Henkel's "12" of Sin" and posted a photo gallery on Facebook . . . Swenson also had time for studio visits with Tim Bavington and Sush Machida, and posted footage of Bavington in his studio.
CLIPS: Art Newspaper reported Ryan Zinke, the US Interior Secretary, visited Nevada on July 30 as part of a review of 27 national monuments as ordered by President Donald Trump, "which could result in some of these lands being reopened to development." Zinke stopped by Michael Heizer’s "City" and met with staff from LACMA, including director Michael Govan. “To experience City you leave the world of gas stations, casinos and supermarkets, and move into this abstract space,” Govan told Art Newspaper in a 2015 post. “If there were a road or power line or oil mining nearby, it would totally ruin the experience of emptiness created by this vast desert basin and range.” Govan went to Nevada with Zinke to the mile-and-a-half-long series of sculptural earthworks which could open to the public by 2021. . .unless regional monument status is Trumped.
LAND ART II: "While the definition of Western art expanded in this era, the image of the artist narrowed. The Land Artist was seen as a rugged cowboy, colonizing the American West with bulldozers, guns, and cranes. The Land Artist was also quintessentially male. Yet, in practice, this was far from the case. Dozens of female creatives pioneered this movement alongside their male counterparts. " I ARTSY
GREAT WORK: "American artist Tom Bob is running loose in the streets of New York, rep and let's hope nobody catches him," says Bored Panda . . . TOLD 'JA: I didn't think that was a Banksy. Street art of Trump on the West Bank is by Australian street artist Lush, reports ArtNet . . . Barrio por Hamilton County, TN: "Embracing Your Raíces, Abrazando Tus Roots" is the first public art project led and created by Latino artists in Chattanooga, reports TimesFreePress.
GREAT READ: "As a journalist, an anthropologist, a cultural promoter and a traveler, Anita [Brenner] helped position the cultural movement called the Mexican Renaissance in the United States. Her hybrid identity allowed her to crisscross national boundaries, earning an important role as a type of cultural diplomat." “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico” opens September 14 at the Skirball Center. I REMEZCLA
ANOTHER GREAT READ: Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros' influence on Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock was scale and chaos. "What Siqueiros in 1936 called a 'controlled accident' would influence Pollock’s own later declaration that his drip paintings were not chaotic, but purposeful. Pollock would also claim in a 1950 interview that 'new needs need new techniques,' an echo of Siqueiros’s axiom.' I Artsy
AN OLDER READ: "How do we assert our common ownership of the spaces through which we circulate? One way is through public art — through artists’ acts of imagination, and viewers’ embrace of the realms they create. Public art sometimes gets a bad rap, and not without reason: Too often it’s aesthetic kitsch, as in the notorious CowParade of 2000, or corporate promotion, like the doleful “Fearless Girl” at Wall Street. But there is serious sculpture out there in our parks and piazzas, and over the last week I’ve been bombing up and down the avenues in search of it." I NYTImes
ALSO IN JUNE: Ryan Shorosky captured "the variety of people who work in Las Vegas, especially those with unconventional jobs." The photographer told the NYTimes, “There is a dichotomy that exists in Vegas where, from afar, things kind of look like they're meant to be, but when you dig in closer, you figure out that there are a lot more layers to the people or the place.” I NYT
QUICK SUMMER NOTES: Los Angeles graffiti artist Man One has his latest mural the subject of a video. "I want to give the every day Angeleno their own billboard," says the Man. This one features his parents (above) . . . LONG TIME COMPADRE: Those who went to "Bunko: The Lost Archives" may recognize Man One's style. Look at the tag on the train. . . ART ROCKS: Rolling Stone visited Wynwood Arts District and spoke to the original artists who first made the neighborhood an outdoor gallery. . . FRENCH BUNKO: "More than a dozen pieces" of mosaic artworks by French urban artist Invader have been stolen off walls. Paris was alerted to the thefts after people got in touch to complain about their removal by men in yellow safety wear. Paris council told BBC they "quickly realised that those were not our agents, nor our vehicles or our jackets." BEST OF SUMMER SO FAR: Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, created a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon (below) from 100,000 copies of banned books in Kassel, Germany to "symbolize the resistance to political repression." In a statement the artist said that the original Parthenon is "the aesthetic and political ideals of the world’s first democracy." My Modern Met + Bored Panda + Architecture Digest.
FOR THE LOCAL RECORD: In June the Nevada Arts Council selected seven Nevada artists to receive FY18 Artist Fellowship funding and one Nevada artist to receive a Fellowship Project grant. 53 varied applications were submitted and selections were approved June 28, 2017. Four Artist Fellowships of $5,000 each were awarded in visual arts: Matthew Couper, painting, Las Vegas; Andreana Donahue, mixed media, Las Vegas; Bobbie Ann Howell, drawing, Las Vegas; and Paul Baker Prindle, photography, Reno. Three Fellowship honorable mention awards of $500 were awarded to Donald Corpier Starr, drawing, Henderson; Gig Depio, painting, Las Vegas; and Jennifer Graham, mixed media, Reno. Gailmarie Pahmeier, a poet from Reno, was awarded a FY18 Fellowship Project Grant.
LAST LOOK: Patrick Gaffey takes a last of load of stuff from his office on his final day as Clark County Cultural Supervisor. The binoculars were for bird watching from the windows of Winchester Cultural Center.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.