"ጉዞ" is an Amharic word pronounced “guzo” and meaning “journey.” Artist Abraham Abebe began depicting probability in his paintings after ruminating about his own odds-defying journey from his birthplace of Ethiopia to Las Vegas. Provoked by thoughts of his improbable trek to another country so different from his own and the correlation of the role “probability” plays in his new home of Las Vegas.
Abraham Abebe at Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery May 22, 2015. His exhibition "ጉዞ =Journey" runs through July 10. From the release:
Photo: Simba Anbassa
Photos: Jim Bachor
Chicago artist Jim Bachor is a tile artist not afraid to go guerrilla to fix city potholes with themed mosaics. That's handy in a city with roads that have holes big enough to jar a steering wheel out a drivers hand. From This is Colossal:
This year Bachor decided on a series of 10 pothole mosaics called Treats in the Streets featuring different kinds of ice cream. At the latest count, four artworks have appeared in locations around Chicago, and he traveled all the way to Jyväskylä, Finland last week to do three more mosaics including a local popsicle-like dessert called Amppari-mehujaa.
Jim Bachor previous mosaic street art were "pothole" series and flower series. At his website, which has more samples of beautiful satirical work, he wrote:
"Using the same materials, tools and methods of thearchaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice. My work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present.
His Instagram is updated regularly.
Pablo Picasso "Woman with a Yellow Necklace" 1946 © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) announced “Picasso – Creatures and Creativity” will open July 3 and feature 19 lithographs, 13 linocuts, 8 paintings and three rare plates. The new exhibition is in partnership with the Claude Picasso Archives and focuses on Pablo Picasso’s themes of the human figure. "The exhibition will take guests on a step-by-step journey through the famed artist’s thought progression and creative process behind his painting and printmaking," says the release:
“‘Picasso: Creatures & Creativity’ is a unique exhibit offering visitors the opportunity to dive into the mind and life of Picasso,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. “Additionally, guests will be enveloped by the insatiable curiosity and artistic vision of one of history’s most intriguing and iconic artists.”
“‘Picasso: Creatures & Creativity’" runs from July 3, 2015 through January 10, 2016. Tickets will be $19; $16 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older; and $14 for students, teachers and military with valid ID. More information at Bellagio.
Michael Heizer emerges from the desert of Nevada to trek eastward and he's treated like an elusive rock star who makes the land sing a cantata. He's showing an 18-ton granite titled “Potato Chip” and a 12-ton rock of iron ore called “Asteroid” in New York City. From the NYTimes:
He was dressed, as usual, in a cowboy hat, canvas jacket and old plaid shirt, surrounded by gurneys and electric saws, mulling over logistics with a small crew of grizzled workmen. The task at hand: encasing a giant, potato-chip-shaped 18-ton rock, excavated from the Mojave Desert, inside a 12-ton steel frame. The rock was to be hauled 2,500 miles east to Larry Gagosian’s gallery on West 24th Street, where he is having his first show in New York in nearly two decades.
From the Washington Post, who observed how arts journalists were "hustled in for a walk through and then out to a lunch at a nearby restaurant" to be gone by the time Heizer arrived. WaPo's Geoff Edgers writes "Back at the gallery, a noticeably frazzled Virginia Coleman, Gagosian’s longtime communications director, shoo’d me away, fearing I might get in the way of a deal she’d made with the New York Times to provide exclusive access to Heizer."
Govan is the one who asked Larry Gagosian to go see Heizer a few years ago, which started talks about the idea of an exhibition, Heizer’s first in New York in years. Gagosian had something few others could offer: The 9,100 square-foot space that’s capable of showing the largest pieces.
Rachel Stiff "Long Distance" (2013) Mixed media I Courtesy the artist
Over the summer UNLV will showcase exhibit recently acquired works to the Barrick Museum and Las Vegas Art Museum collections. From the release:
"Many of the artists included in Recent Acquisitions have ties to Las Vegas. As a cross section of the diverse practices pursued by contemporary artists, this exhibition reaffirms the Barrick’s commitment to collecting art of the present. The vast majority of the works will be on display for the first time since entering the Museum’s collections."
"Recent Acquisitions" opening reception is June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and runs through September 19.
From May to August, the Barrick's summer hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Mondays through Fridays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sundays and state and federal holidays. The cost is free with a suggested voluntary $5 for adults; $2 for children and senior.
The Barrick Museum welcomes the following artists:
Rita Abbey • Jason Adkins • Phil Argent • Robert Beckmann • Erik Beehn • Thomas Burke
Patricia Burns • Carole Caroompas • Kevin Chupik • Sam Davis • Jack Endewelt • Justin Favela
Sush Machida Gaikotsu • Angela Kallus • Wendy Kveck • Brian Porray • Rachel Stiff • Nicolas Shake
Erin Stellmon • John Stoelting • Michael Reafsnyder • Marty Walsh • Yek • Brian Zimmerman
Top Image: PtD banner hit by sticker artists.
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