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At Venetian, da Vinci Returns With Less Art, More Inventions

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
March 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Two summers ago Venetian opened a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that explored the mechanics, scribbles and fear of a genius. More than 200 pieces and artifacts filled several rooms comprising what sponsors labeled the "most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's work ever created." We labeled it an impressive museum/art gallery that opened up worlds of da Vinci previously unknown to us. And, we didn't have to venture to New York, Boston or San Francisco to see it. An exploration of da Vinci's inventions and creations had been brought right here to Vegas.

Now, da Vinci has returned to the Venetian for a second run. The current exhibit explores the various phases of the Renaissance man's life, taking guests on a focused journey through his studies of anatomy, art, science, mathematics and nature. Da Vinci: the Exhibition is presented through 65 of his inventions and machines. For those that visited in 2012, a handful of pieces will look familiar, complementing a deeper study of his fascinations with the subject of war, flight and robotics. His artwork is still a component, but on a smaller scale with just over 20 of his pieces on display.

Guests are first introduced to an overview of the life of Leonardo. A map details where in Italy he lived throughout his years and hints at how his surroundings may have influenced his various fields of study.

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Bellagio's Art Gallery Sends Warhol Back East, Welcomes 'Painting Women'

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
February 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

Much like the changing of seasons at their Conservatory, Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art has undergone another big transformation. And, while "Warhol Out West" had a lengthy stay in Sin City, Andy's pop-art collection has now been returned to its home in Pittsburgh.

On February 14, the door was opened to a new exhibit of paintings, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This collection is called "Painting Women."

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At Bellagio, Fall In Love With 'Painting Women' Starting This February

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just from the images sent out with the press release (shown above and below), we're crushing hard on Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's upcoming show, Painting Women. So, an opening date of February 14, 2014 seems apropos.

After turning the resort's art space over to the works of Andy Warhol this past February, BGFA will be all about the ladies for its next exhibition. Painting Women, another in a string of partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will "showcase 34 paintings spanning 90 years (1860-1950), revealing the story of women artists, their activism and artistic achievements." Featured artists will include Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot.

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Artist James Turrell Transforms Crystals' Light And Space

May 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

American artist James Turrell's "light and space" art installation is now available for your puzzlement or contemplation at Crystals. “My art is about your seeing” is how Turell puts it.

Utilizing the upscale mall's monorail entrance and the mezzanine below, the already faux-futurist setting means most folks won't notice the change or additions. But, stop for a moment, let the people walk by and watch the continually shifting hues fill the space. Head to the new windows and see Crystals from another angle. And, note the visual illusion of light cutting through a wall.

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Cosmopolitan's P3Studio Is Downtown Las Vegas On The Strip

March 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Door Hangers Now Have Their Own Exhibit At The Cosmo

February 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Bellagio Kindly Brought Warhol Out West, Go Pay Him A Visit

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
February 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Downtown To Get A New Art Gallery, Still No Grocery Store

January 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (4)

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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You Can Be The Artist At Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio, Kind Of

January 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Cosmopolitan is going eclectic again. Local artist Jason Adkins (that's his painting above) will be the next artist-in-residence at Cosmo's P3 Studio.

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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Bellagio To Trade Light For Bright

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Claude Monet's light will only shine at Bellagio through January 6. The next day, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will start work on a new exhibit celebrating the bright hues of Andy Warhol.

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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The Bumbys Are Back To Appraise You, If You Still Dare

November 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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We're No Longer Peeved About The Art Scene At Cosmo

Where: 3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
September 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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