The site of the Blue Angel Motel in the final light of the 2016 summer solstice leads us in this edition of Link + Ink.
F. Andrew Taylor on the ideas and suggestions from "The Downtown Alley Design Guidebook." Murals were offered way to activate space. Someone suggested the temporary kind I Review Journal
"The usually smiling Mother Teresa in 1988 appears tired and agenda-driven. Whatever was in her mind at the moment, [photographer Yousuf] Karsh caught it." Kristen Peterson on "Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century" at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art I Las Vegas Weekly
"When husbands and wives work together things can often go horribly awry, but their combined works are actually quite successful."
- Susie Tommaney of Houston Press on Matthew Couper and JK Russ “Salon of Desert Martyrs,” an exhibition of solo work and collaborations at Tommy Gallery.
Las Vegas’ Monaco Tower at Riviera Hotel and Casino were demolished in series of traditional and dramatic explosions; building as performance art I Las Vegas Sun
“I think with the Neon Museum, there’s something just so incredible about seeing these signs that had a very specific function and then now, they’ve become a kind of public art. Those sort of shifts in context were really intriguing to me,” Neon Museum Artist in Residence Whitney Lynn I Review Journal
Five Las Vegas museums are highlighted in Paste Magazine.
A reception for Zap 8 Laughlin will be held on June 25 I PaintThisDesert
This is out of range for a start up art collection budget, but this Scorpion Art Car with "a tail that rises up and shoots fire from seven flame throwers" from Burning Man is for sale. IT would have been an interesting addition for Nevada State College. The Scorpion is their mascot I Digital Trends
City Heights Business Association shows off new wire art by artist Spencer Little in San Diego. More at Voice of San Diego.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced hiring sound artist Alan Nakagawa to work on LA’s Vision Zero plan, an international movement to reduce traffic deaths I Gizmodo + Off Ramp
Art Stamping is the direct transfer of a formal object to canvas created by LA Contemporary artist Ricardo Garcia I laicreatives
The image and actions of The Donald are feeding street art, reports the Tribune News Service (But we knew that). From the article: “Street art can be highly critical,” said James Daichendt, an art critic and historian who studies the genre as the dean of arts and humanities at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. “And with Trump being such a divisive figure, it’s really reached a fever pitch.”
Christopher Knight reviews "Helen Lundeberg & The Four Abstract Classicists" LATimes
" 'Made in L.A.,’ at the Hammer, Excavates Hollywood’s Past" I NYTimes
A San Diego woman pleaded guilty to tagging rock formations in seven national parks. She's banned from 524 million acres of public lands for two years I LATimes
Bob Ross is "very, very big right now" notes Glasstire. Also worth reading is this happy little article in the NYTimes from December 2015.
British artist Wolfgang Buttress opened Hive installation in London. From the Guardian: "Its 170,000 pieces of aluminium, suspended from the ground, appear as a twisting swarm of bees from afar, but as you come closer it becomes a hive-like structure of latticework whose low humming sound and hundreds of flickering LED lights draws you in to a multi-sensory instillation. " I The Guardian
A building is invading the horizon line of Espacio Escultórico, a land art masterpiece in Mexico I
Hyperallergic + NYTimes
Photo by Wolfgang Volz © Christo
D*Face, a regular at Life is Beautiful, now has work up at Coney Island. Photo: Gothamist.
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.