Photo: "Nelson Airport" I PaintThisDesert
LEAD-IN: Roadside artifacts attract travelers unless you are Nelson, Nevada, the ghost town south of Las Vegas that’s on a back winding road within steep brown canyons. This site in the former mining town lives on its reputation for rusting vintage cars, leftover mining equipment, road signage, and buildings scattered on the grounds. This plane, presumably a leftover from the film “3000 Miles to Graceland,” is set against a white stone hill, isolated away from the found art and debris to be photogenic (for a small fee). That strategy makes this an installation with an intriguing story, both real and imagined, creating illusionary folk art vernacular. The dangerous mystery of this wreckage is diffused if you make an online search for “plane” and “Nelson Ghost Town.” It's a popular backdrop for wedding photos.
LOCAL The Neon Museum and Boneyard Park had 60,461 visitors their first year of operation. The early estimate was 45,000 to 50,000 visitors a year. Review Journal
NY Times has been tracking Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s search for unknown artists. As noted earlier, they were in Las Vegas in January. A Feb. 8, 2014 article charted the art seeking mission. From the story: “You see a lot of work that starts to look the same, a lot of artists who have a career locally but aren’t going to be able to make the jump, and then every once in a while you find that artist who blows you away, who you just can’t believe, and it makes all the miles worth it,” Mr. (Don) Bacigalupi said, describing a recent discovery of a young artist in Las Vegas who mashes up art-historical imagery with that of Latino street culture. (“Think Henry Moore meets a piñata, ” he wrote in an email.)
Nicky Watts is performance artist in a box. (She also made an appearance at the downtown Los Angeles Art Walk).
Not everyone likes the idea of The Life Cube burning in their neighborhood.
Exhibitions return to enormous space that was once the the Las Vegas Art Museum.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art opened “Painting Women,” 34 paintings by women artists between 1870 to the mid-20th Century from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. VegasSeven
RANDOM LOCAL SUBCULTURE NOTES:
The current theme for Las Vegas Weekly: Mexican food in Las Vegas.
The Ramones first gig in Las Vegas was held at UNLV Student Union in 1984.
Historic Preservation in the neighborhoods around downtown Las Vegas is gaining momentum
NDot begins some mural projects . . . up north.
The father of a Northern Nevada woman rescued art stolen by Nazis
ORIGINAL MURAL FORMS:
Rock Art in Southern Nevada.
In Utah, it’s not just rock art, it’s ice age rock art.
An Altamira cave in northern Spain is the "Sistine Chapel of paleolithic art."
At St. Louis Union Station, a 1940's mural was found behind a false wall near Grand Hall. St. Louis Today
“Street art provides an exciting avenue for the inclusion of previously uninterested parties in the arts,” writes Ben Owen on the new works popping up in Lexington Kentucky. He teaches middle school art, and is a candidate for a Masters in arts education at the University of Kentucky.
Virginia Beach lifeguard to have double duty as public art.
Vancouver street artist, IHeart, throws up commentary that needles how some need social media for personal gratification (above). His work has been getting a lot of attention when it was linked on Facebook by Bansky.
PolicyMic on the street art coming out of the Ukraine.
A Pac-Man mural, a knock-off of street artist Invader, was installed on a wall in China. It was removed by officials. There was public outcry. Then one day it appeared again, reports South China Morning Post.
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico