Paint This Desert enters its fourth year so a new look was overdue. As you can see nothing real drastic was done. There will be tweaking on older posts to fix typography that was shaken up like groceries tumbling out of bags in the trunk of a car. It also becomes a good time to once again thank Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts Writers Grant that started up this adventure, which has become part of an arts community in the footprint of the Basin and Range province. And of course, thank you for reading.
For your reference and reading. here is a list of blogs funded by Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation.
Kate Palmer Albers / 2014 / Circulation Exchange
Sharon Butler / 2013 / Two Coats of Paint
Caryn Coleman / 2012 / The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Emily Colucci / 2016 / Filthy Dreams
Greg Cook / 2009 / The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research
Claire Daigle / 2015 / Figuring Fiction
Carol Diehl / 2011 / Art Vent
Jason Farago / 2011 / Art in Common
Ed Fuentes / 2013 / Paint This Desert
Alicia Guzmán / 2016 / Tierra (not yet live)
Andrew Horwitz / 2013 / Ephemeral Objects
Christopher Howard / 2014 / in Terms Of
Matthew Jesse Jackson, Andrew Perchuk, and Christopher P. Heuer / 2010 / Our Literal Speed
Paddy Johnson / 2008 / Art F City
Farrah Karapetian / 2012 / Housing Projects
Gelare Khoshgozaran and Eunsong Kim / 2015 / contemptorary
Silvia Kolbowski / 2014 / Another platform for art
Claudia La Rocco / 2011 / The Performance Club
Sohrab Mohebbi / 2011 / Presence Documents
Meg Onli / 2012 / Black Visual Archive
Lee Rosenbaum / 2014 / CultureGrrl
Raphael Rubinstein / 2010 / The Silo
Andrew Russeth / 2010 / Sixteen Miles of String
Harbeer Sandhu / 2012 / Texphrastic
Mira Schor / 2009 / A Year of Positive Thinking
Valerie Soe / 2011 / beyondasiaphilia
Anjali Srinivasan and Yuka Otani / 2008 / Post-Glass Artists: Glass Guerillas
Ania Szremski / 2016 / I'd prefer not to (not yet live)
Daniel Temkin / 2014 / Esoteric.Codes
Meredith Tromble / 2011 / Art and Shadows
Jason Urban, R.L. Tillman, and Amze Emmons / 2011 / Printeresting
Victoria Valentine / 2015 / Culture Type
Laura A. L. Wellen / 2016 / Piedrín (not yet live)
Artist Kara Joslyn's piece is on exhibit in Process at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary I Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
FIELD NOTES: On Friday evening, January 27, the UNLV College of Fine Arts will have have several exhibitions open making for a well timed unofficial campus Art Walk. The Barrick Museum opens its 50th Anniversary Year with a reception hosted by Nancy J. Uscher, dean of the UNLV College of Fine Arts, and the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, to mark the Barrick's 50th year of service to the Las Vegas community. That will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ELSEWHERE: The Beam will extend its hours to 8 p.m. for "Greyscale" and Grant Hall will be busy until 9 p.m. with a closing reception for "Out At Home."
BARRICK ON THE AIR: From KNPR article and audio, UNLV's Barrick Museum Turns 50 Looking To Engage Community: "Getting on the community’s radar screen starts this week with a public anniversary celebration Friday evening at the museum. The museum's new name — the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art — will be officially unveiled at the event."
PRINT: In Las Vegas Weekly's article, Interim Director Alisha Kerlin Leads the Barrick Museum Through Its 50th Anniversary, Kerlin is asked "What’s the purpose behind the latest name change?' She replied. "We have Mesoamerican art objects in the Braunstein gallery, and we house one of the most famous and inspiring donations of contemporary art in recent American history—the Nevada portion of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel 50x50 Collection. [Given] the fact that we have those two massive collections and that we’re growing our own collection of contemporary artists with ties to Southern Nevada, it’s natural to have 'of Art' by the name."
BELOW a shot of Barrick preparation and an art in public space faculty has a leave behind in the lobby.
ABOUT GRAYSCALE: The Donna Beam Art Gallery extends its hours to 8 p.m. for "Greyscale," which features black, white and grey works of art by Las Vegas artists; UNLV alumni; selected pieces from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection; and works from Las Vegas Art Museum Collection loaned from the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.
Short Honeymoon: Presidential bouncers are willing to toss out those crooked paper-and-ink wasters and broadcast scum out of the White House press briefing room for being the lying scoundrels and media sharks they are. And the president, a former Reality TV star, who again denounced "dishonest media," should be considered a member of the media himself. As the New York Times noted in "Trump Embraces the Look of the Presidency" the 45th President relies on his film and TV casting instincts:
And the show goes on. The new administration begins with Right and Left leaning media digging in their heels, and in the White House Press Briefing Room we saw a battle, then an almost make-good. The early returns, no surprise, will be the bickering and pushback seen during the election and transition was just a warm-up. It's all content for commentary that will be seen in art, writings, and maybe a few signs.
ELSEWHERE Hollywood Reporter on new work by conservative street artist Sabo that seeks to tweak Hollywood Anti-Trumpers. . . LATimes and New York Times reviewed the documentary “Saving Banksy.” . . . Los Angeles makes Artsy's list of best cities for street artists. . . Obama is gone but will stay in heavy rotation on community murals. Huffington Post
Catching Up on Las Vegas.
"You stare. The mind blinks. Then it happens: that hard-to-describe transporter moment when an art object becomes a portal to another world." Dawn-Michelle Baude on Shelbi Schroeder: Swoon at Sin City Gallery I Las Vegas Weekly
"Is CAC doomed? The president of its board, Melissa Peterson, puts it succinctly: Nope. " Las Vegas Weekly
Things to know about "Tilting The Basin" I Las Vegas Weekly
Amanda Horn "Tilting the odds in favor of art" I Reno Gazette Journal
Arts Town Meeting covered by Review Journal
"10 Places to See Public Art in 2017" lists Neville Wakefield's organized “Desert X" in Palm Springs. "Ed Ruscha is on the board of directors and Hank Willis Thomas (who started the first artist-run super PAC last year) and Doug Aitken (who won last year’s Americans for the Arts “Outstanding Contributions to the Arts” award) are set to install pieces." NYTimes
In Philadelphia, a section of 12,500-square-foot "Independence Starts Here" mural collapsed and fell on parked cars I NBC10
Outside the Museum of the Moving Image in New York artist Shia LaBeouf “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” will last the duration of Trump's administration It will be live streamed at www.hewillnotdivide.us.
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.