LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM
What's New at LVAM
Museum Store Report - November 1998
The Museum Store is expanding on November 15th into the Studio Gallery with a Holiday Boutique. Local artists are invited to submit and sell holiday-related items. The Holiday Boutique will be open from November 15 through December 31 during museum hours. Work will be accepted November 1 through November 14.
An aritsts reception will be held in the Museum Store on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. All members and their guests are invited to meet the artists and holiday shop. Refreshments will be served.
Plan to Attend
Las Vegas Art Museum
EVERY SATURDAY AT 2:00 P.M.
GROUPS BY APPOINTMENT
9600 W. SAHARA AVE.
ART LOVING VOLUNTEERS TO TRAVEL!
SUITCASE GALLERY IS OPENING IN JANUARY 1999
CALL KAYE THOMPSON AT LVAM TO VOLUNTEER - (702) 360-8000
CURATOR'S MESSAGE JAMES MANN, PH.D.
New York sculptor Essie Pinsker's lifetime retrospective exhibition at LVAM, which ran Nov. 6-Jan. 10, has brought the museum its first national press coverage. An article on the show by Sean Simon appeared in the December issue of Artspeak, a New York international art review, closing with this judgment: "This impressive retrospective exhibition stands as a fitting tribute to the ongoing career of a major sculptor whose accomplishment warrants far wider attention. . . . One can only hope that a similarly inclusive survey of Pinsker's work will soon be mounted in the city of her birth." This exhibition was also given an article by Chuck Baker in Sculpture, a national magazine published by the International Sculpture Center in Washington, DC. The new Las Vegas Art Museum plans to make a habit of beating New York to the punch in identifying the most important new art of our time. Such art is no longer being made in New York: young, still-unrecognized artists can no longer afford to live there. A watershed has been reached, and the most profound innovations, the most advanced new art, is now being made in places other than New York. LVAM is dedicated, among its other ambitions, to leadership in identifying and exhibiting this new art. In recognition of this museum's foresight, Essie Pinsker has decided to donate a $35,000 sculpture to our permanent collection. * * * * * 1998 is going to be very busy indeed for LVAM. On January 15, an exhibition of Art on the American West, plus wildlife and landscape art, will open, culminating in a nationally publicized auction of the works exhibited, which will be held January 31 in the museum's main gallery. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit LVAM. LVAM hosted a smaller, yearly exhibition and auction of this nature from 1986 to 1992, so this year's event will mark a resurrection of what had become something of a tradition at this museum. After all, I am told here that "Nevada is farther west than California." Over 300 works of art will be featured, 125 of these being paintings commissioned especially for this exhibition and auction, a rare and remarkable arrangement. For further information, call organizer Tom Matthews at 878-1144. February will see a major exhibition of African art owned by prominent Las Vegas collector George Sturman, coinciding with national Black History Month. The Sturman collection's holdings of African art are so excellent and extensive that they could easily constitute an African-art wing for any art museum presently lacking such a department. LVAM is profoundly privileged to be able to offer the viewing of this collection to the public at such an appropriate time of year, and at such a significant stage of the museum's own development. The African art exhibition will be complemented by an exhibition of two-dozen sculpted portrait busts by Indianapolis sculptor Daniel Edwards, a professor at the Herron School of Art of Indiana University. For several years Edwards has been executing, from life, series of busts of still-living prominent American athletes of the past. Some of this work was exhibited in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics, and this past year at the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham, when the state of Alabama proclaimed a Daniel Edwards Day in honor of the artist. Two portrait series will be exhibited at LVAM: one of famous players from the old Negro Baseball League; another of American Olympic athletes of African heritage. In March and April, LVAM will host what might be called its first celebrity art exhibition: a lifetime retrospective of work by Bob Guccione, who is best known to the public as the flamboyant founder and publisher of Penthouse magazine. But Bob Guccione began his adult life as a starving expatriate artist in Europe, and originally founded Penthouse in London in order to support his life as an artist. The commercial venture grew into General Media, a publishing empire of a dozen magazines and movie production. Mr. Guccione now has an art collection of Old Masters and 20th-century art worth over $200 million, and is a very knowledgeable artist indeed. His entire private collection was exhibited in 1994, accompanied by a sumptuous catalogue, at the Nassau County Museum of Art on Long Island. He has previously had a one-man show of his own work at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. LVAM, again, is privileged to be allowed to host his lifetime retrospective. Bob Guccione's painting recovers, explores, and exploits the lost visual vocabulary of modernism. His manner of doing so provides a surprisingly sober solution to the problem of reconstituting the possibility of beauty, both formal and expressive, in new art at the highest cultural level. The Guccione exhibition will be accompanied by a deluxe color catalogue, which the artist will be happy to autograph at the opening reception.
For additional information or to volunteer for
any of the
events listed above, call the museum at (702) 360-8000
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