WELCOME TO FABULOUS 2016
A group shot at the Las Vegas sign. December 31, 2015.
They came by foot, car and limo. Except for a few brave women debuting dazzling short New Years Eve gowns in the cold air, or the sighting of mostly sober men risking dignity by wearing large "2016" sunglasses and hats, the final afternoon of 2015 was another day in the ongoing pilgrimage to the "Welcome to [Fabulous] Las Vegas Sign".
The popular site had a benchmark moment this year. In April Betty Willis, the designer of the sign, passed away at the age of 91. It would be proper to see a statue of Willis, facing the sign and the Strip, at the exit of the parking lot craved out of the median. I don’t see funding happening for that anytime soon. But how hard would it be to name this gateway as Betty Willis Park? The cultural icon, a sign sometimes interpreted as roadside sculpture, should be paired with Willis, the sign designer with a neon portfolio that shaped the look of Las Vegas.
In 2009, the Las Vegas sign was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Limo entering the center median parking lot at the Las Vegas sign.
MEAR ONE Revolution (2015)
From the Streets to Canvas will be the 2016 exhibition by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles during the LA Art Show in January. From the release:
From the Streets to Canvas, an exhibition curated by Isabel Rojas-Williams, showcases the historical and cultural evolution of some of Los Angeles’ notable and changing pieces of art in the most public of forums–the street. However, after the unveiling and the party, art in public spaces takes on a life of its own. Economics, cultural history, and changing neighborhoods are among the factors that move public art past the original intent of the artist. This exhibition, and the accompanying lecture Mural Renaissance in DTLA: Challenges of Expression and Legacy will address some of the economics and preservation of this compelling art.
The featured artists include Carlos Almaraz, Christopher Brand, Espi, Ignacio Gomez, Willie Herrón III, Steve Martinez, MEAR ONE, Art Mortimer, Gilbert Ortiz, Frank Romero, Shizu Saldamando, Evan Skrederstu, and John Valadez.
The Los Angeles Art Show is January 27 through 31, 2016.
YEAR END LIST BINGE
GLOBAL: Banksy's Palestine is Street Art News' most popular piece from 2015, a ranking based on traffic from the blog's readership, says founder Rom Levy. Also on the list are Vhils, Bordalo II and 1010, three of the street artists brought in for the past Life is Beautiful Festivals I Street Art News 1.5.16
Punk Me Tender
LOS ANGELES: LA Taco invited Dennis Pascual, editor of Colors In LA, to share his list of best works seen in Los Angeles. He turned over the ranking over to the readers. This list is also based on page-views, likes and shares. I LA Taco 1.6.2016
UNLV English students reading Recent Acquisitions at The Barrick.
Best of 2015: Fine Art I Las Vegas Weekly
Art World Trends We Wish Would Go Away In 2016 I ArtNet
A Year in the Words of Artists: 2015's Best Interviews I Art Slant
The 10 Best Art Books of 2015 I Vulture
Publisher of New American Paintings with 15 Artists (+ 3) to watch for in 2015 I HuffPo
Jerry Saltz shares his 10 Best Art Shows of 2015 I Vulture
The best photography books of 2015 I Guardian
The best art photography books of 2015 I Telegraph
The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2015 Edition I Hyperallergic
Cornelia Baltes: Turner, 2015, at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK I VIA Artsy
16 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016 I Artsy
The Best in Art of 2015 I NYTimes
The 10 best art exhibitions at L.A. museums in 2015 I LA Times
Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Los Angeles Art Shows I Hyperallergic
Best of 2015: Our Top 15 Exhibitions Around the World I I Hyperallergic
The best American art shows of 2015 I The Guardian
The Best Art of 2015: At Play in the Landscape of Art I Wall Street Journal
Fall 2015 Featured Contemporary & 20th Century Art I artbook.com
The cities that defined the contemporary art world in 2015 I Mashable
This list of 20 "stunning" examples of street art in 2015 is from September.
It still holds up I Brightside
ABOVE: Gig Depio
“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
An Online Arts Journal
FOUNDER + WRITER
G. James Daichendt
February 2 – March 31, 2019
and Gallery Talk:
Sunday, February 10, 2019,
4 p.m.–7 p.m.