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This is the scene Downtown Las Vegas is chasing. We've long been an advocate of The Cosmopolitan's third-floor P3Studio art space. Even when it fails, it's a crucial and unique connection to global creative cultures. They present some great art with a self-conscious knowing eye turned to its surroundings and anachronistic home in a Las Vegas casino. And, that understanding has been instrumental in driving their booking policy, inviting creative talents who can be commercial and accessible, but possess an innate lilt to rebellion and self-expression. Precisely the world The Cosmopolitan would like to be.
Artist David LaChapelle rightfully fits that description. In the past, we've actually wondered out loud why The Cosmopolitan doesn't commission someone like him to create or license his work for their hotel rooms. And, then the Cosmo goes and actually commissions him to create some work and even brought him to the P3Studio to lecture.
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Here's some art with a practical application. The latest exhibit at The Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio is a series of mini-residencies under the title, Do Not Disturb, "an artistic interpretation of a closed door policy." Six artists have created new door hangers for The Cosmo. You'll be able to buy them as a set soon, but for now, the artists have super-sized versions on display on the third floor.
Theo-Mass Lexileictous, The Date Farmers, Bert Rodriguez, Alan Aldridge and, the most well known contributor, David LaChapelle, each created their variants on the Do Not Disturb/Please Enter theme. Some more successfully than others.
Andy Warhol has arrived Out West and brought some surprises. You know the soup cans, silk-screened Marilyn Monroe and the 15 minutes of fame quote, but a new exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presents a compact overview that will prompt you to dig deeper into the world of Warhol.
Burdened as Pop-Art, this is popular art, in an exhibit with broad appeal for the casually curious or the art aficionado. This doesn’t feel like a flashy capitalization on the Warhol name, rather a muted compendium of work that will be new to most visitors.
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When we updated all that is going on with The Ogden, we discovered what will fill the last vacancy at this important Downtown hub. In addition to being the actual home of Downtown catalyst Tony Hsieh, The Ogden is emblematic of the commercial, residential and community aspirations of Downtown's rebirth. Create a place for locals, that tourists will want to experience. And if you like the changes on Fremont East, you'll probably dig the new tenants at the bottom of this residential building located super close to El Cortez.
But, it's the local angle we've been monitoring closely, since being given a tip almost a year ago: that a much needed grocery story was coming to the Ogden's ground floor. Our source was someone who not only knew the score, but really needed to know. It appears, however, their enthusiasm was all for naught. The final space in the Ogden will now be occupied by a 3,000-square-foot art gallery.
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We've continually charted the work at P3 despite Cosmo continuing to not host a designated web-page for the space, but we care enough about the place to dig out the info on our own. Just last month, we were offered a head-to-toe fashion makeover at the Decades residency. And, remember when we dressed like a Panda in the name of art? We're always up for anything at P3 so we're once again intrigued by Adkins' arrival.
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Warhol Out West will make its debut February 8, 2013 and will feature 59 works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Guests will be able to browse everything from paintings and sculptures to wallpaper (which we couldn't wait and had to Google to see).
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In a late substitution, The Cosmopolitan shifts from ethereal to practical. Artist duo, The Bumbys, return for a residency in the third floor P3 Studio starting November 7. They'll be providing "fair and honest appraisals of your appearance."
They'll look at you. Think. And, type up a thoughtful appraisal. While completely masked and anonymous.
And, if that description leaves you thoroughly puzzled, you really need to read our review of our Bumby experience back in March. If you are at the Cosmo in November, the pair are a must see.
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Was it something we said? Not two weeks after testily mocking the Cosmopolitan for moving their artists-in-residence program out of their third floor P3 Studio in favor of a Zappos sales booth, we discover, well, there is an artist in residence and fully ensconced next door.
From now until October 7th, artist Sush Machida will use the space as his personal studio. Born in Japan, he currently lives in Vegas so it sounds like he may have a unique perspective on the local arts scene.
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When we heard Harmon Corner would be home to the world's largest full-motion LED screen what we really heard was that Harmon Corner would be home to the world's largest ads. And, that's true. But, they're also slowly starting to impress us with how they're keeping the Strip tuned into world (and off-world) events. And, more.
During the Olympics, the ginormous video wall was used to keep us up-to-date on the medal count:
Da Vinci – The Genius, an exhibition of over 200 pieces called the "most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's work ever created," is now open at the Venetian. VegasChatter got a peek inside this week for pictures and impressions during a media preview.
The exhibit is located just off the lobby with artifacts and exhibits lining four to five rooms to create a small museum slash art gallery. On this preview night, it had the vibe of a fine art gallery in any major city. Not that we've been to any of those or many art galleries at all, but it matched our image of those gala-type events. Which is why we were excited about the launch of this da Vinci exhibit in Las Vegas, a city that doesn't often land unique ventures of this type. Would interest be strong or non-existent? Your mileage may (ok, will) vary, but at least on this night we could've worn a jacket and bow tie and fit right in amongst an art-interested crowd. Which is a change of pace from attending Phantom and watching a dude in jorts pull a foot-long from his satchel to start chowing down during Music of the Night.
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We've been to the Venetian a lot and thought we had seen it all. That was false. Sitting in the porte cochere while waiting for a friend, our head tilted up out of boredom and we found something new. The ceiling of the porte cochere had a bunch of different hand-painted murals. This is something that our mother would love.
Evidently, this writer isn't the only person to miss out on these beautiful murals. A handful of Google, Yahoo and Bing searches only turned up one hit -- Vegas Chatter. Some of our readers, though, look up when they're exiting the cab instead of looking out for oncoming vehicles because they've seen these murals before us.
If you've missed them as well, we highly recommend spending a few minutes taking a look. Just make sure you're not standing in the way of an oncoming car.
Benvenuti al Carnevale!
The 14 days of the original Italian bacchanale being a little too restricting for Las Vegas, organizers have scheduled three months of activities for Venetian. We are currently in Art Month. And, outside of nightly festivities, you can check out some very diverse art pieces on display. We've already alerted you to a new DaVinci - The Genius exhibition, part of a multi-million dollar upgrade zipping through these properties. Three more major announcements are promised for this year.
Carnevale continues Venetian and Palazzo's push to energize the Strip, kickstarted by offering outdoor ice-skating during its Winter in Venice event. Execs hope the crowds that filled the plaza this past winter will be enticed by masked performers and the promise of something a little different from the usual Strip distractions this summer.
At 8 p.m. every evening, a Festival Parade filled with costumed stilt walkers, music, glow sticks and masked performers will take place. Hey, it's a Renaissance Fair Electric Daisy Carnival. (We keep mentioning the stilt folks as The Venetian seem to have the lock on the city's best.) They've combined that with a new 3D projection show (see below) and a spruced up European motif to add to your usual gondola action. New food and drink stands, music and random "living art" moments provide European twists on the street theater that is Las Vegas Boulevard. Instead of taking your photo with Elvis or a Transformer, how about living flora and fauna? Keeping it classy, Venetian.
In the waterfall atrium section of the Palazzo, an art exhibit runs through June, featuring an extremely broad spectrum of artists. Traditional to more experimental. From photography and sculpture to very abstract. Pieces not in the mini-gallery are also dotted inside a few of the Palazzo's shops. Hey, it's Vegas, they still want you to drop some change alongside your culture.