You are here
art In The News
The University of Nevada Las Vegas announced that interdisciplinary artist, critic, and educator Marcus Civin has been named chair of the department of art at the College of Fine Arts effective July 15.
Beyond the tourist corridor’s fl ash, Las Vegas’ art community has been making, collecting and showing great art for years. From established organizations to those in the making, from the Downtown gallery scene to blue-chip public art all over the city, art in Las Vegas is fascinating, varied and defi nitely on the rise. Of course, the excitement is fueled by people, and here we profi le the local art world’s most pivotal players, from its public faces to those moving the needle behind the scenes.
No matter where he stands, Kent Twitchell looks to be in scale with the environment. At Lam Gallery in Los Angeles, he greeted friends who had come to the opening reception of Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants, a show filled with photographs, renderings, and sketches of his signature massive California murals, including the eight-story “Harbor Freeway Overture” he completed in 1993; one of his smaller works, “Nelson Mandela Monument,” installed on a piece of the Berlin Wall in 2014; and a photo of his two-story “The Freeway Lady” from 1974, a portrait of the adored matriarch for 101 freeway commuters that was recreated at Los Angeles Valley College and dedicated Thursday.
People here can no longer marvel at the public display of one million dollars, be dazzled by “the world’s largest rhinestone” or even watch showgirls prance in ostrich-feather headdresses. All have vanished.
Just because it looks easy doesn’t make it so.
Consider the works of renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly, who died at 92 late last December in his native New York state.
The business of selling art is always tough even in the best of times. But something seems to be happening in Las Vegas right now that may be signaling something a bit more troublesome for artists and for those who like to look at art.
Many artists suffer for their art — but not from behind bars.
- 1 of 2
- next ›
This performance artist, art critic, and teacher is excited about collaborating with new colleagues at UNLV.
The Barrick comes alive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22 with free workshops and music for all ages.