Congratulations to Tim Bavington, the first visual artist to be inducted into the UNLV Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame.
(Why has it taken this long? I’ve just checked their list of past inductees and sure enough, everybody else is a performer, an architect, “one of the more popular … composers of our time,” “a longtime community and arts advocate,” “creator of the hit television series CSI,” and so on)
On an anecdotal note: his Whirlpool (2012) in the Barrick’s back hallway is the only work of art in the current exhibition that has elicited approval from multiple visitors under the age of ten. “What’s your favorite painting?” I hear the parents ask their children, and more than one child has pointed to that stripy spiral.
“Popular with children” might sound like denigrating praise, but I think of it as a tribute to the immediacy of that work and the uncanny way it vibrates and tugs at you when you stare at it — those narrow whips of color dragging inwards against the black.
Niklas Holm, Untitled, 2005, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
I would definitely advice [sic] to study art abroad. The art-world is small and limited in Sweden. A tight space makes multiple movements and artists impossible to coexist. In such an environment, trend and provincialism may prove to be successful in the short term. Trend and provincialism has never mixed well with art.
– from an interview with Alexandra Hedberg
Emilio Perez: Creating “Unique Prints”
Brooklyn-based artist Emilio Perez spent the summer working with Pace Prints and Watanabe Press on a body of “Unique Prints” – multilayered screenprints with hand-stenciling and spray-painted color. In this video, Perez discusses his process and the relationship between his prints and his paintings.