FREE AT LAST FOR NOW: Contemporary artist and high profile dissident Ai Weiwei can travel again. He has his passport back four years after it was confiscated by Chinese authorities. On Wednesday he posted an Instagram photo of himself roughly translating to: "Today, I got my passport.". More at NPR.
ADD 10:35 p.m.: Minutes after this was posted, Weiwei's Instagram had a new entry (Below).
Congresswoman Dina Titus posted this shot showing the Basin and Range National Monument posse in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama and LACMA director Michael Govan. While Sen. Harry Reid left his Ray-Bans on to protect fragile eyes, Michael Heizer did surrender his cowboy hat.
CUE THE NYE NAYSAYERS: Nye County Commissioner Frank Carbone told KNPR that the Basin and Range monument designation "comes with a financial cost."
WHAT WILL TRUMP SAY? "This Guy's Crazy Art Project in the Nevada Desert" Is the 2016 sleeper campaign and GOP candidates will weigh in on this "lunar stretch of stark and unspeakable beauty," warns Mother Jones
ECONOMIC POLICY: Once there was a time you entered a museum to understand a collection's contribution to society, or to an art movement. Now you have to look through the strategic plan that works to add value to a sponsor or collector. That's my take away after reading "Museums' disturbing transformation: relentless commercialization" by LA Times' Christopher Knight.
“Shepard Fairey, the street artist responsible for President Obama’s ‘Hope’ poster, is now facing vandalism charges in Detroit. It’s pretty serious. Detroit officials say the artist’s spray paint caused over $9,000 worth of improvements.” - Jimmy Fallon
MOVING. SHAKING: There are changes afoot in local arts reporting. On Facebook, Arts and Entertainment editor Cindi Reed posted she will be moving on after five years at the weekly magazine, an announcement made the day their Best of the City issue hit the street. Recent art stories at Vegas Seven stories on Tatyana Franck, curator of the Picasso archives seen in Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s exhibit "Creatures and Creativity", and the "8 miles out, 6 feet" indoor mural by artist Miguel Rodriguez, were penned by Jenessa Kenway. At Las Vegas Weekly, Kristen Peterson is beginning to shift away from specifically covering the arts. Recent Las Vegas Weekly reviews have been written by Dawn-Michelle Baude.
Schedule and post updated August 18, 2015.
The 2015 schedule for the UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series includes abstract artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers and public artists. "This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students," says the release from UNLV Fine Arts. The Visiting Artists Lecture Series not just gives UNLV students an interesting three credit course, it also benefit the larger arts community of Las Vegas. It's free to the public and held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at The Barrick Museum from September 9 through December 3.
Information from UNLV after the jump. More will be added as we go through the season. Or follow UNLV Barrick Museum on Facebook.
Seven Magic Mountains
Art Production Fund
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