Courtesy of Ron Pinkerton
The collection of cars in the desert 200 miles north of Las Vegas has a name. “It’s called the International Car Forest of the Last Church," said artist and co-creator Chad Sorg I Desert News
"Phantom" by Peter Lik
Sam McManis of The SacBee likes the public art program in Boulder City where "residents mostly nod and give a lukewarm, 'it's nice' appraisal of all the artwork. It takes an outsider, perhaps, or maybe a native son returned home after years away, to fully appreciate it." AP
The former site of the American Flat Mill in Virginia City, Nevada, has been a home for graffiti artists. It’s slated to be torn down. “For former Brooklyn-now-Reno Street Artist Erik Burke, the news signals the end of an era for him not only as an artist, but because he married his wife on the site,” is the introduction for a Burke essay by at Brooklyn Street Art.
“I’ve been really interested in getting people to be aware of what might be in their own backyard,” says public artist Maya Lin in an interview at TMagazine. Also, “Maya Lin What is Missing?” at Nevada Museum of Art ends January 4.
Las Vegas-based photographer Peter Lik announced that a private collector paid $6.5 million for his landscape “Phantom.” I Lik + Review-Journal
Blake Andrews goes tongue-in-cheek with the news of the record breaking sale at photography news site. "For members of the art establishment, the dynamics of the sale amounted to water boarding or other practices causing extreme mental anguish.” PetaPixel
Lik is the artist with the most search hits from Nevada, according to eBay and their infographic I Hyperallergic
One of the largest collections of works by Banksy may have a home in Christchurch, New Zealand, where the world’s first “custom-built” street art museum is planned I The Press NZ
There’s footage of damage being done by the Greenpeace activists who trespassed on the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site for an installation. “The Nazca figures were drawn between 500 BC and 500 AD by removing a thin patina of dark rocks covering light sand” and conditions preserve the ancient images. "When you step on it, you simply break the patina and expose the bottom surface," said Peru's Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo.
How about a 445-foot-tall mural? It’s in Chicago.
Cave painting in Southeast Asia began around the same time as those Stone Age taggers who marked up Europe I Science News
The Museum of Modern Art will be screening documentaries based on their exhibitions across the U.S. “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” will open in movie theaters on January 13. I New York Times.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.