Art for Art's Sake:
Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
January 30 – April 26, 2014
Art for Art's Sake was the rallying cry of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement, which believed that art should be enjoyed for its pure visual qualities. This exhibition reexamines this concept in a group of contemporary artists whose art focuses on sumptuous beauty and pure visual effects. Works by Mark Chariker, Iva Gueorguieva, Ali Smith as well as a number of artists who have resided or currently reside in Las Vegas including David Ryan, Tim Bavington, Brian Porray (born in LV), Thomas Burke, Yek and Jason Adkins allow us to revive Whistler's ideal that art should "appeal solely to the artistic sense of the eye."
This exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
Funding has been provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
Stephanie Patton, "Center Piece", 2011. Vinyl, batting and muslin. 72 in. diam. | Image
Upcoming: Braunstein Gallery
Private/Public: Images of Devotion from 19th and Early 20th Century Mexico
Opening March 27, 2014
The images in this exhibition represent more than a group of small religious paintings. They embody the complicated artistic nature of Christian iconography, symbolism and private/public forms of devotion that were established in Mexico as the norm by the nineteenth century. Objects on display include ex-votos and retablos (small tin oil paintings presented as offerings in churches and sacred sites), wooden sculptures and milagros (small hand crafted silver offerings). These objects are the visual result of 400 years of private/public devotional practices that begun to take shape in Mexico after 1521. Their importance resides in the intricacies of the miracles narrated, the intended reception, and the type of information they reveal about private/public devotional practices in Mexico before and after the independence of 1821.
La Vendimia Mística (Mystic Harvest), Anonymous, c. 19th century. Oil on tin. 14" x 10". Private Las Vegas Collection | Image