Luis Varela-Rico at Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery. "Organic Study No. 1” closes September 26 I Photo by Paint This Desert
MONDAY AFTERNOON ADD: Marty Walsh and Melissa Peterson sponsor an invite/call to action for a Las Vegas Arts Commission agenda, an update by Main Street Ad Hoc Subcommittee proposal about "spending $100,000 of the $200,000 Main Street art budget on benches." The invite asks "What do you think about benches on Main Street, as a way to brand the Arts District? If you want to know what is going on, attend the meeting. If you want a voice, attend the meeting." The meeting is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at City of Las Vegas City Hall. Ask the front desk how to get to the second floor meeting room. Very helpful people on staff at the Hall. Facebook
MONDAY LATE MORNING ADD: The Neon Museum announces its tour schedule that runs from Sept. 15, 2014, through March 22, 2015. From the inbox:
Sept. 15 through Nov. 2
A neon sign from Jerry’s Nugget and the marquee from the Liberace Museum have been restored and will find a place at the Neon Museum, reported Lissa Townsend Rodgers for DTLV. A documentary about the task will air on Vegas PBS October 27.
Cristina Paulos' multi-venue show will have one closing. "Rhythm, Line and Stroke (Female)" at Tasty Space hosts a final night reception September 20. “In the strongest among them, Paulos does more than depict the human body: she abstracts its emotional content” wrote Dawn-Michelle Baude for Las Vegas Weekly. "Rhythm, Line and Stroke (Male)" will continue loitering at Winchester Cultural Center Gallery until October 10.
Matt Wedel is the next visiting artist to lecture at UNLV. Sept. 18.
If you missed it here at PtD, Life is Beautiful art plans rolled out to the media, including the announcement of street artists. Plus two new murals in the 18b appeared; one about Bison and the other about everybody loving somebody.
Matthew Couper spent a few days at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair and got some press (so to speak). “His work is a pastiche of Spanish colonial retablos, symbol-laden tableaux painted on very flat pieces of metal. The images are often dark and a bit shadowy. The horizon is low and the space is usually indistinct or bounded with distant mountains. There is always a night sky. The deliberately primitive realism heightens the sense of utter strangeness, the feeling that these things are vessels of arcane knowledge,” blogged Robert Boyd.
I may rename this blog “Justin’s Desert Piñatas.” The Wall Street Journal review was shared by everybody, and Justin Favela represented Las Vegas at "State of the Art" with his usual flair. Now he’s back as Cosmopolitan’s P3Studio artist in residence with "Piñatatopia" until October 5.
PLANE RIDE TO BAY AREA DEPARTMENT: Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei will send works, with anti-authoritarian themes no doubt, to be installed on Alcatraz from Sept. 27 through April 26 I "Keith Haring: The Political Line" is a retrospective that examines populist political activism from the defining figure of street art during 1980s New York. It runs from Nov. 8 through Feb. 16 at De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. I "Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California" will be an ambitious survey of artists from the 1930s muralists to the Mission School of the ’90s and their effect in California and the West. Featured works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and installation by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Robert Arneson, Jackson Pollock, and "many more." Runs through Sept. 20 through April 12. at Oakland Museum of California.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.