Zio Ziegler's mural in downtown Las Vegas. Photo: Paint This Desert
Zio Ziegler’s Life Is Beautiful Festival leave-behind was voted Best Las Vegas Mural by Las Vegas Weekly.
Kristen Peterson on the art found on The Strip: “If, somehow, all of these pieces in private collections on display to the public were to wind up under the same roof, we would actually have quite the permanent collection for a museum.”
Burning Man attendees on the way to Black Rock City will break for Indian Tacos. "I used to go sit, watch the traffic, artwork and people come through and thought, ‘Hey, I could set up down there,’" said Paiute Indian Judie Davis.
Francisco "Enuf" Garcia is from Los Angeles and found inspiration from murals in that city. He now doing “socially conscious work” graffiti work in Arizona that "beautifies the city, enriches our society with culture, and brings awareness of social justice -- if done right. It is our duty as muralist[s] to be socially responsible," Garcia told Phoenix New Times. "People are becoming aware that we are the ones that need to stand up and rise. .... I am inspired by Phoenicians and their movement for social justice. I can see Phoenix creating more beautiful art -- art with more content over style."
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Coyote Canyon was home for high-tech public art by the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico. Navajo teacher Bert Benally and Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei worked on"Pull of the Moon" installation in late June. “Benally was on the ground in western New Mexico while Ai, who has been banned from leaving China, participated from afar. The goal was to temporarily transform the landscape through sand drawings, sculpture and sound," reports AP. Nature reclaimed the site, but it’s documented and part of New Mexico Arts' TIME project, or Temporary Installations Made for the Environment.
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A 22-by-5-foot mural about Mormon pioneers completed in 1917 by then Milwaukee resident, George Peter, an Austrian immigrant, was packed away decades ago and forgotten. Somehow it ended up in Chicago. Art collector Tony Christensen delivered it to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Arizona was represented during the National Medal of Arts presented by President Barack Obama July 28. Singer Linda Ronstadt, James Turrell, who designed "Knight Rise" at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (and the permanent installation “Akhob” at Las Vegas CityCenter), plus Phoenix Art Museum addition architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams.
The one-time graffiti artist Ernest Doty went legit and has a commission at the Albuquerque Museum. Some are asking if he has permission. “Usually I tell them, ‘Of course not!’ ” he said to the Albuquerque Journal. “It has them kind of guessing.”
ABOVE: James Turrell at Crystals monorail station.