Next week we will be installing our new show, Art for Art’s Sake, which appears here with funding provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. The summary they’ve given us runs like this:
Art for Art’s Sake was the rallying cry of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement, which believed that art should be enjoyed for its pure visual qualities. This exhibition reexamines this concept in a group of contemporary artists whose art focuses on sumptuous beauty and pure visual effects. Works by Mark Chariker, Iva Gueorguieva, Ali Smith as well as a number of artists who have resided or currently reside in Las Vegas including David Ryan, Tim Bavington, Brian Porray (born in LV), Thomas Burke, Yek and Jason Adkins allow us to revive Whistler’s ideal that art should “appeal solely to the artistic sense of the eye.”
Also, next Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. we will be running our first Critique and Conversation of 2014. Admission is free. We’re going to bring out Robert Beckmann’s The Hundred Year Flood (2001) and set it next to Porray’s -(/DARKHOR5E\)- (2012) so that the whole world can find out what happens when two utterly different artists decide to paint the Luxor.
The image at the top of this post was designed by Barrick staff member Gabriela Aguilar.