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T : The sign that once read Indoor Garden Organic Supercenter became a guerrilla message. Consider it an alternative gateway to the downtown Las Vegas Arts District.
I will be taking an indefinite summer sabbatical to work on options that could lead to the next stage of Paint This Desert. During that time I will also be doing some art-making, catching up on reading, and write non art freelance essays. You may see some tinkering around the site, and I will still be chatting up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, proceeds from the sales of BUNKO based prints and other general swag will be stashed away into a PtD fund. Until then, here is a summer Link + Ink with art items leading into September.
A MURAL OF MAYORS: In the arts district Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and former mayor Oscar Goodman, with ever-present martini, offer a gleeful toast to anyone wandering the alleys on a mural safari.
BACK UP: In between haunts at DIsneyland and Melrose Avenue, There She Is Art and You Kill Me First have begun popping-up again in the 18b. They produce works that fall under what Dr. Rafael Schacter wrote in "Esto Es Graffiti" (2014); visual ornaments that "aim for parity which held elitism in contempt." And by being seen in public space without the support of galleries works like this "overturn the laws" of traditional art markets.
Photo: UNLV Creative Services: Lonnie Timmons III / Courtesy of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
LINK: In my preview of Andrew Schoultz's "In Process" at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art I wrote the installation will be an "ephemeral summer affair with art." Don't miss it. A bar has been raised for both venue and artist . . . Some Ink: "Welcome to Andrew Schoultz’s world. It’s a colorful, sometimes fantastical place, populated by prancing beasts breathing fire," says the Review-Journal . . .More Ink: "The installations depend on confident, single-stroke, uncorrected lines. In 'Spinning Eyes,' those lines deploy large-scale optical interference patterns that literally make our casual viewer dizzy! Centered in each pattern is the all-seeing eye, inspired by the orb atop the pyramid of the almighty dollar and looking in the direction of 24-hour surveillance." That's from Las Vegas Weekly. . . Summer Days: "In Process: Every Movement Counts" runs through September 15.
OPEN CALL FOR ART: Artists are also being invited by Settler + Nomads to submit work of any medium for Today is All We Have, the website's first digital exhibition. (The deadline is July 6). Curated by Holly Lay and Mikayla Whitmore, the selected digital images or videos will be presented as an online gallery in August 2018.
UNLV TEASER: A group Latino/a/x show is now being planned for Fall at UNLV. It will be mounted at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery and a reception will be on the night of UNLV College of Fine Arts Annual Art Walk on October 12. They are hashtag ready. #ArtWalkUNLV
MORE EXHIBITION NOTES
BELLAGIO: Curated by Midori Nishizawa, "Primal Water" will feature twenty-eight Post-War and contemporary Japanese works in painting, sculpture, photography, site-specific installation, and film by artists referring to water as a way to explore themes that respond to the absence of resources. “Las Vegas, having prospered as an oasis in the desert, has a meaningful connection with this theme,” said Nishizawa in a release. "Primal Water" at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art runs from June 29 through October 21, 2018.
ADD July 5: Carol Cling is clearing her desk with last writing-to-do list. The retiring arts writer reviews 'Primal Water' in '14 Japanese artists depict water in new Bellagio gallery' / On June 30, Cling said goodbye to her readers in 'RJ arts writer reflects on 34 years of Las Vegas culture in final column.'
LOCAL HEADLINES: How arts are funded in Las Vegas . . . 8NewsNow catches up on public art struck by cars or that melted in the heat . . . Las Vegas art museum draws closer to reality . . . Has anything been resolved from that Clark County Rotunda art controversy? Not much.
Photo courtesy of Geia de la Peña /NCCA @ National Commission for Culture and the Arts
FAR FLUNG EXHIBITION NOTES: Gig Depio "Bring Home the Bacon" at NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila. Curated by Egai Fernandez. It closes June 30 (above) . . . Tim Bavington "Blow-up" is now on view at Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas. It closes July 28, 2018 (below) . . . At Monterey Museum of Art, UNLV MFA alum Lisa Rock is the FLUX in "Currents + FLUX." With Carol Henry. From June 22 – July 22, 2018 . . . At Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Sush Machida just ended a two-person exhibition with Jon Fox. It ran from May 1 through June 16.
Screen grab / American Craft Council
HARDEST WORKING FAV IN LOCAL ART BIZ: Justin Favela is the subject in the current 2018 issue of American Craft Council Magazine, and gets video to boot…With Emmanuel “Babelito” Ortega, Latinos Who Lunch was featured at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. . . June also saw Justin as the artist-in-residence at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine . . . On June 1st, 2018, he was awarded the Alan Turing LQTBIQ Award for International Artist while representing the U.S. at ARN Culture Business Pride Festival in the Canary Islands.
In the downtown Las Vegas Arts District, this wall with bold pinks stepped away from the usual abstract typography of graffiti.
C. Moon Reed on Tokyo-born printmaker Yoshiko Shimano's exhibition "Engraving on Land" at CSN's Fine Arts Gallery. "Through a variety of printing methods—woodcut, silkscreen, stencil, monoprint, linoleum cut—an abstract portrait of a place and people emerge from the layers of prints" I Las Vegas Weekly
Opening today, March 30 in, Washington DC, is Renwick Gallery's exhibition that includes six Burning Man sculptures "a stone’s throw from the White House" I Hyperallergic
NEXT DAY ADD "The Smithsonian’s Burning Man Art Show Is Actually Quite Good"I Bloomberg
Sarah O’Connell, Las Vegas-based theater director and publisher of culture site eatmoreartvegas, is featured in this report on "brave delegation of art-loving Nevadans" who traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in Arts Advocacy Day I Las Vegas Weekly
More coverage of the trip and outcome at Review Journal.
If you missed it, Trump signed spending bill that increases NEA funding. Also: "Earlier this month, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NEA released a report that found that the arts contribute $763.6 billion to the US economy, which is more than the agriculture, transportation, or warehousing industries. It also stated that the cultural sector employs $4.9 million workers across the country who earn more than $370 billion" I ArtForum.
Curated Instagrams of the local arts community.
Roger Gastman, the graffiti historian who helped assemble that MOCA's Art in the Streets, returns to to L.A. for a new show that takes over 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor displays in Chinatown. Beyond the Streets looks at global street art movements by over 100 artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Jenny Holzer, Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Ben Jones, CHAZ Bojórquez, and Gajin Fujita I LAMagazine + LATimes
'Photographers Harry Gamboa Jr. and Luis Garza on pushing back against 'bad hombre' Chicano stereotypes" I LATimes
"The Chicano Art of a Red-Blooded American Sangre Colorado, an exhibition by Carlos Frésquez, reminds viewers that 'American' is an abstract and malleable concept" I Hyperallergic
In a topic PtD had covered before, "social media isn't just changing the way we interact with each other; it's driving the culture, especially in cities full of tourists eager to beef up their photo feeds with dispatches from elsewhere. At the same time, it is redefining the nature and intent of public art" I The Globe
Ancient statue of a winged bull destroyed by ISIS recreated by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. It is the "latest public art installation to sit on a sculpture platform here known as the Fourth Plinth, on Trafalgar Square" I NYTimes + ArtNet
There was buzz about Justine Ludwig's move from Dallas Contemporary to New York art nonprofit Creative Time. In an interview with ArtNet News, Ludwig spoke with ArtNet on the importance of public art. She said: "Public art is an integral part of New York City’s urban landscape. It’s a city that lives and breathes art, and public art is central to that—greatly expanding the art-going audience by enabling greater accessibility. A major issue facing cultural institutions right now is the sense so many people have of not belonging: the feeling that they don’t have access or that these institutions are not tailored to them. Central to public art is the idea that art should be part of the everyday, of everyone’s life. It’s a very different way of presenting art. Everyone has access and everyone belongs, because it’s a part of the urban fabric itself."
Banksy recently invaded New York with politically outspoken works I Art Newspaper
Artist Haifa Subay used street art to mark the third anniversary of full-scale war in Yemen I
The best public art opening in New York this Spring I Observer
Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia (photo: Cville dog, via Wikimedia Commons)
"At the center of the chaos is a statue memorializing Robert E. Lee. It depicts the Confederacy’s top general, larger than life, astride a horse, both green with oxidation."
NYTimes August 13, 2017
If public art in Charlottesville Virginia is the "center of the chaos," as the New York Times says, the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, is a new tipping point. CNN reports
"The campaign to relocate Charlottesville’s Lee statue is part of a nationwide movement to critically examine and recontextualize public artworks that pay tribute to or otherwise elevate white supremacy, chief among them monuments to the Confederacy."
Hyperallergic August 13, 2017
"After Charlottesville, it should be clear now to everyone that the urgency to rid ourselves of these markers of America’s racist past comes not from some childish desire to block out painful history, but to challenge a racist present. White nationalism is not just a cultural legacy. It is an ongoing public safety crisis, and should be treated as such."
Jamil Smith LATimes Op-Ed I August 14, 2017
"The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, IV, the general’s great-great-great-great-nephew, has for years struggled with the legacy attached to the name he bears. And on Saturday, he followed along in horror when images surfaced online of a white nationalist rally defending a statue of his ancestor in Charlottesville, Va.
As white nationalists clashed with counterprotestors, and the mayhem turned deadly, Lee said he was heartbroken.
'It broke my heart to see a symbol of my family being used to allow such hate,' Lee told HuffPost. 'All in the name of what my relative stood for.' "
HuffPo August 14, 2017
"While the debate about how we memorialize figures from our past continues, we the descendants of Robert E. Lee decry in the strongest terms the misuse of his memory by those advancing a message of intolerance and hate. We urge the nation’s leaders as well as local citizens to engage in a civil, respectful and non-hateful conversation."
Signed: Robert E. Lee V, Great-great-grandson of General Robert E. Lee;
and Tracy Lee Crittenberger, Great-great-granddaughter of General Robert E. Lee.
Full Statement at Newsweek.
"No telling of General Lee’s story, however complicated, can be separated from the symbolism of the leading role he played in a grievous chapter of American history. That part — and the decisions by Charlottesville’s city council, New Orleans’s mayor and Lexington, Kentucky’s mayor to move forward with removing Confederate statues from places of honor in public spaces — isn’t complicated. The general was as cruel a slave owner as any other and fought to preserve and defend a society based on the brutal enslavement of black people that, had it persisted until today, would have included me. His cause wasn’t righteous, then or now. He’s my ancestor, and as far as I’m concerned, his statues can’t come down soon enough."
Karen Finney for the Washington Post August 15, 2017
"As members of this community, we are deeply saddened and sickened by the events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Our deepest condolences to the grieving families of Heather Heyer; Virginia State Trooper Berke Bates; and Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen. To those still recovering from their injuries in area hospitals, may you quickly & fully recover. We hope that each of us can reflect upon and pray for a return to civility."
Save the Robert E. Lee Statue (Facebook) August 15, 2017
"Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is in the national spotlight after calling for a review of all public art.
His request for the review comes as some call for Confederate statues to come down around Louisville in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Va."
WHAS11 August 15, 2017
ABOVE: James Turrell at Crystals monorail station.