Archived Past Exhibitions


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Art after Post-Modernism

Inaugural exhibition of the new
LVAM's main gallery


February 1 - June 25, 1997

Curator's Essay



Art after Post-Modernism II


June 26-October 8, 1997



Juried exhibition

June 26-October 8, 1997



Paradise Lust

Paintings by Suz Brna and Zara Kriegstein

Palm Springs Painters

Paintings by Cynthia Cole, Zinda Hogue, Robert Fischer, et al.


Fall Art Roundup

Competition juried by Domenic Cretara

3 exhibitions
October 9-November 30, 1997


Essie Pinsker, Sculptor:

Lifetime Retrospective Exhibition


November 11, 1997-January 10, 1998

Major published catalogue by LVAM


Las Vegas Collects

Eclectic exhibition of works owned by Las Vegas collectors, including works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Siqueiros, Tamayo, Dali, Larry Rivers, Andre masson, Bob Thompson, Frank STella, et. al.

December 3, 1997-January 10, 1998

Western, Wildlife & California Art

Art on the American West

Exhibition of contemporary artists, deceased masters, plus unique collection of Indian artificats

January 15-31, 1998



Feburary 3-March 1, 1998

Review by James Mann, Ph.D., Curator
The Purest Art on Earth

Africa Speaks
by George L. Sturman

Sample pieces from the exhibition



Holocaust Exhibition
April 22 - June 6, 1998

Introduction from Catalog

sample exhibited art
sample 2  sample 3  sample 4

Domenic Cretara Retrospective Exhibition

September 2 - October 8, 1998



January 4 - 28, 1999

Second annual Art of the American West exhibition and auction.   Opening reception at LVAM Thurs., Jan. 7, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Auction at Tropicana Hote-Casino, Jan. 29-30.  Published catalogue.



January 7 - February 7, 1999

Major Exhibition of Paintings-

"Forces of Nature" by Marlene  Tseng Yu

Opening Reception Jan. 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Published catalogue.

The beauty of the universe changes with time.  As the days pass and the seasons change, the sky, earth, mountains and rivers repeat in patterns that are never really quite the same.  In my search for the variations of the many faces of nature, I have found that nature provides an infinite source of inspiration for artistic expression.  I love the many elements in our environment, be they as broad as the horizon beyond, or small as cells under the microscope.  In this vast setting, I hope to capture the spirit of the universe, its rhythm and movements, its quiet and angry moods, its colors and forms. -Marlene Tseng Yu, September 16, 1968

Even after thirty years of work on the Abstraction in Nature Series, my art continues to focus on the beauty of nature, calling for appreciation and awareness of what needs to be done to preserve our environment.  I hope my efforts in the Environment Green Movement in art prove to be substantial and that my art is both timely and timeless.  -Marlene Tseng Yu, January 16, 1998


The museum will host an exhibition of paintings by New York artist Marlene Tseng Yu.  The largest paintings LVAM will have exhibited, Yu's huge abstract works will fill the walls of the museum's main gallery to the maximum degree ever envisioned by the building's ambitious architects.    Yu's paintings are unique in contemporary art.  They carry on a canonized, fifty-year tradition in the analytic exploration of the physical properties of the artistic media she employs.   For centuries, art at the highest level strove to imitate nature, but then embarked on a relentless process of breaking down and destroying its own authoritarian artificiality.  Yu's paintings revels in this fiery furnace, yet in its own total absorption in that process, it has come to imitate nature again in a wholly unprecendented way.  Her paintings transcend analysis and reincarnate nature's place in art.   By more than a decade, they foreshowed the new scientific theories of chaos mathematics and fractal geometry, and now they stand on equal footing with that science in representing to us the new-true nature of the physical world our senses experience.    - James Mann, Ph.D.


A graduate of the University of Colorado, Yu and her husband were among the first developers of gallery space and loft residence in New York's Soho district in the early 1970s.  She has enjoyed 40 solo exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Taiwan.  In 1996, the Taiwan Museum of art held a 30-year retrospective of Yu's work.  LVAM's curator, Dr. James Mann, says of Yu's coming Las Vegas exhibition: "Her paintings transcend American's art's 50 years of preoccupation with the physical properties of paint, by establishing anew nature's place in art."  The artist will give press interviews in Las Vegas, January 5-7.   Exhibition dates:  hr.: Tue.-Sat. 10-5; Sun. 1-5.  $3 Adults, $2 Seniors, $1 Students


LVAM will present a poetry reading, on the "Forces of Nature" theme of Yu's exhibition, featuring three New York poets and three Las Vegas poets.   The New York poets are also distinguished art critics: Carter Ratcliff, author of numerous books, most recently The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art; Jeffrey Wright, publisher and editor of Cover, a New York fine-arts magazine; and Cynthia Nadelman, a contributing editor of ARTnews magazine.  The Las Vegas poets appearing wil be: Claudia Keelan, poet-in-residence at UNLV; John Esperian, literature professor at CCSN; and LVAM's curator, James Mann. January 20th, more information at (702) 360-8000




Featured painting-
"Vision of Hell" by Salvador Dali
on exhibit from September 1998 to February 1999
"Dali in Hell: Improvisations" - Justin Cord Hayes



February 3 - March 14, 1999

Kay Danforth: Painting Retrospective
Opening Reception Feb. 11, 6:30-8:30 PM. Published catalogue.

Page from catalog


My artistic approach is experimentation - letting the paint flow on the canvas.  The
paint leads me to organize a composition of balance, movement, pattern, line, and shape.
I improvise, developing an abstract pattern as I move around the painting.  I let the paint
lead me, discovering the finished work through the painting process itself.  The result is
my personal expression of the world I see and experience
- Kay Danforth


Kay Danforth's generational place in American art history is with the first wave of Abstract Expressionists, who rose to prominence in the 1950s.  She absorbed all the lessons of the movement's Action Painting, and subsequently, of the Post-Painterly Abstraction and Color-Field Painting of the next generation.  Her work also veers into recognizable imagery whenever she pleases.  Is she a transitional figure, therefor, one bridging the analytic late-dismantlement esthetic and that of art after Post-Modernism, as do major artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Morris, and Jim Dine?   Or does she belong most properly with the earlier, abstract movements?  The question can't be answered yet, but Danforth's work raises important issues, the most glaring of which might be the following.

Is it possible that in the next century, art-historical re-evaluation may reduce the stature of some of the famous innovators, and conversely upgrade that of provincial practitioners such as Danforth?  This would be revisionism based on newly perceived quality in what previously uncelebrated artists actually did with the innovations, once they had been introduced by the originators.  Kay Danforth's work is of such quality as to make us serously ponder such a possibility, or even such a probability.    - James Mann, Ph.D.





Feburary 10 - March 14, 1999

Carol Ross: Sculpture Retrospective
Opening Reception Feb. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Published catlogue.

Sample Work


This New York artist's sculpture concerns, indeed proclaims, the complexity of pure forms.  Her art gives a physical synopsis of the infinitude of combinations possible in Euclidean geometry.  Yet in her two-dimensional wood constructions, the grain of the planed and polished wood suggests a fluid flux, invoking the chaos of fractal geometry inside the Euclidean outlines.  These and her highly resourceful metal pieces are probably as refined and imaginatively varied sculpture as Minimalism will produce.   - James Mann, Ph.D.





February 10 - March 14, 1999

Basil Alkazzi: New Seasons, New Horizons painting exhibition.  Opening reception Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 PM.. Published catalogue

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Basil Alkazzi


Sample Work of Art


Basil Alkazzi is British, born on April 23, 1938.  He studied at the Central School of Art, in London.  Since when, London had to a lesser or larger degree been his base.

A prolific and compulsive painter, he has exhibited regularly in London, an in the United States.  He has mounted some seventeen One Man Exhibitions, and participated in twice as many group exhibitions.

Basil Alkazzi's painting is characterized by Spiritual and Metaphysical components which at once make it of deep significance to the beholder.   The unresolved yet beautiful mysteries, alive with suspended drama, throb in the air and permeate the paintings, as visual poems, visual prayers.

He has always, from time to time, found the need to withdraw in order to create a new body of work, to concentrate on perfecting his ideas, to explore the range and fecundity of his talent, and the techniques for expressing them.  He now paints with a much greater sense of freedom and command of his metier.

A cosmopolitan, he has travelled extensively and for long periods of time through the whole of Western Europe, and for a time he lived in Greece.   Since 1985 he became enanoured with America, and all that it justly stands for and aspires to, and since when he continued to spend long periods of time in New York.   In  1995, he applied for and took up permanent residence in the USA as: An Artist of Exceptional Ability in the Arts.

His generosity to other artists took on the form of awards and endowments.  In 1986 he established The Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Awards at the eminent Royal College of Art, London with an endowment set in trust and perpetuity.  In 1987 he established The Basil H. Alkazzi Award (USA) for young and emerging painters in America.  Two years later in 1989, in commemoration, The Sheldon Bergh Award (USA) was added for the best runner-up applicant  to the main Basil H. Alkazzi Award (USA).

In 1993 we wrote, directed, and narrated a 21 minute 16mm film on video, a highly personal and moving visual journey of his paintings of a decade: Basil Alkazzi - New Season & Dreams 1984-1993.

His primary home and studio base are now in New York City, but he likes to spend the summer months at his home and studio in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.






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March 17 - May 2, 1999

Zigi Ben-Haim: "Journey with Me: Sculpture 1984-1997.   Opening reception Wed., Mar. 17, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Existing catalogue available.


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Without Neighbors
1989, galvanized steel mesh
oxidized copper and steel, 84"x75"x35"


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OK Tail
1996, stainless steel mesh, concrete,
oxidized copper and stainless steel, 92"x50"x54"





March 17 - May 2, 1999

Robert Stone: Lifetime Retrospective painting exhibition.   Opening reception Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 PM. Published catalogue.




The End is Near! Las Vegas

Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium and Utopia

May 8 - July 10, 1999 at LVAM

Slouching Toward Utopia
James Mann, Ph.D

Las Vegas Art Museum presents an exhibition produced by Dilettante Press based
upon the original exhibition curated by Roger Manley at the American Visionary Art
Museum - Baltimore

sample image in this exhibit
commentary of Outsider Art & the exhibit

Slouching Toward Utopia
James Mann, Ph.D





March 17 - May 2, 1999

Robert Stone: Lifetime Retrospective painting exhibition.   Opening reception Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 PM. Published catalogue.


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Chemo Self-portrait
Pastel on paper, 1996, 16"x12"


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Vanitas with Fruit and Sculpture
Oil on canvas, 1994-1995, 27" x 40"


His new work shows Stone continuing to devote his recent compositions to a small, intensely focused range of imagery.  With this concentration, he masterfully taps three rich veins in art history:  the still life, the vanitas, and the self-portrait.  The objects depicted in the still lifes have a cold stillness that calls to mind the French term for "still life" - nature morte.  In these new paintings, there is a kind of dividing or horizon line that separates the real objects and drapery from their mirrored reflection below, in the picture's foreground.  As for the memento mori of the vanitas painting pictured here, the fresh fruit and flowers depicted in the vertical plane above are brilliantly shown withered, rotting, and dying in the time-warped flash-forward of the reflection below.  The random waves of drapery and their reflection are like permanent, oceanic chaos.  Upon that deep chaos, the remaining fleshed and fleshless objects in these paintings finely balance, for a frozen, fleeting spot of time, in perpetually evanescent beauty.  - James Mann, Ph.D.






An annual arts competition at  the Las Vegas Art Museum

Juror - Dr. Linda Graham
Professor of Art History
Community College of Southern Nevada

May 5, 6:30-8:30 pm - Opening Reception
June 10 - Exhibition closes


Through August 1 - The End Is Near! Las Vegas

Through August 15 - Zigi Ben-Haim, "Journey with Me"- Sculpture 1984-97

Through August 29 - Kent Bicentennial Portfolio from LVAM Permanent Collection

August 4-September 26 - Las Vegas Invitational Exhibition; opening reception August 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

August 4-November 14 - Art After Post-Modernism IV, in east gallery

September 24-25 - Fall Art Roundup, entries accepted

September 30 - Marc Chagall Fundraising Opening Gala, $175/person, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

October 1-November 14 - Marc Chagall Exhibition, plus award ceremony and opening reception for Fall Art Roundup, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 6-November 14 - Fall Art Roundup exhibition of juried competition



Marc Chagall Exhibition

October 1 - November 14, 1999


REALM (millennium)

a new exhibition by Deborah Paswaters
opens November  18, 1999  6-9 PM

a special presentation by Mandal Danceworks of their new modern dance "Realm"

Special Event on  New Year's Eve -    December 31, 1999



Santa Fe painter Eli Levin, also known as Jo Basiste,
is the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at LVAM

January 13 - February 27, 2000


Peter Plagens And The Monster Mash
- by James Mann

Gloria Kisch- Moving Targets Moving Solutions
by James Mann




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