Cold weather moved into Las Vegas on New Years Day. The morning saw the city dusted with snow flakes, pools frozen, and airplanes de-iced, so First Friday announced the January 2 art walk will be limited to indoor events. Organizers posted that outdoor food trucks and tents for artists and crafters have been postponed for this month’s art walk using a Hawaiian themed “The Endless Summer.”
No Snow Here (2014) Coffee mug on steps of PTD HQ on New Year's Eve
Here's one more round of links before 2014 exits in a freeze:
First Friday will be an indoor event due to weather.
There’s a pseudo Banksy at NewYork-NewYork I PtD
An abandoned mural at the Plaza is an artifact from the 1980s I PtD
Las Vegans love that blue angel. Can it be a way to raise money for art?
(And Blackbird Studios will have ornaments for sale on Preview Thursday and First Friday).
Trifecta Gallery’s final opening reception is January 1 I Vegas Seven
PK Russ reviewed at LA Weekly. Closing reception is January 2.
Shot of Russ skyping holiday greetings back home.
Public Art Workshop for artists being held in January.
Murals are telling the story of the Historic Westside.
LA Art Show to feature panels about murals.
Arizona murals from 1950 are endangered.
More photos of tagging by moss, not paint.
Mr Brainwash is a real estate developer.
HuffPo looks at Brooklyn Street Art to find “The Most Influential Acts Of Street Art Around The World This Year”
Warhol Foundation grants Northern Nevada.
And congratulations to the new round of art bloggers selected by The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program: Kate Palmer Albers, Project K: Photography and Art in the Age of Social Media (Los Angeles, CA); Christopher Howard, In Terms Of (Brooklyn, NY); Silvia Kolbowski, Another platform for art (New York, NY); Lee Rosenbaum, CultureGrrl (Fort Lee, NJ) and Daniel Temkin, esoteric.codes (Astoria, NY)
Happy New Year to all.
(LEFT) “Outdoor” courtyard inside NewYork-NewYork has a “Banksy.” (RIGHT) A Banksy released photo of his street art on the West Bank Barrier.
FIELD NOTES: Monday's hunt for street art led me to a Banksy replicated inside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino. It’s on a wall of an “outdoor” courtyard decorated with simulated graffiti to add Manhattan authenticity. In October 2013, Banksy worked the streets of New York for 31 days.
This “Banksy” is a painted replica of his stencil commonly known as “Girl with Balloons,” an image the street artist and his team installed in Israel between 2005 and 2007, including on the West Bank Barrier. The original context made it a surprise to see in Las Vegas, but the image and the artist is so popular the image is now sold on t-shirts, or as a graphic for home decor, and walls with his art are ripped out and auctioned for record prices. (Banksy is known for not copyrighting his work).
The child floating to freedom as resort decoration signals how some of the artist's work has been translated from political message to a greeting that echoes the “Welcome to Las Vegas Sign” by Betty Willis, and has the same upbeat mood as Milton Glaser’s graphic hearted “I Love New York” logo.
ABOVE: Gig Depio
“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
An Online Arts Journal
February 2 – March 31, 2019
and Gallery Talk:
Sunday, February 10, 2019,
4 p.m.–7 p.m.