Robert Beckmann’s art style wanders the desert with the focus of a scientist exploring the landscape, giving us a full range of mastery of abstract, portraiture, landscapes, sometimes as large-scale murals. It keeps him from being known as having a singular visual form, but juxtaposition makes is so Las Vegas. If Beckman kept warning us through his Nuclear Testing Series, or keep referring to the painting masters in “Vegas Vanitas,” he would have a higher profile. By trying new things the artist is saying there is too much to explore. “I’m curious,” says Beckmann. “And art is a filter for my searches.” - E.F.
ABOVE: James Turrell at Crystals monorail station.