Famous paintings can be found all over the Las Vegas strip nowadays. The demand for art has been fuelled by the interest that was generated by the Bellagio’s art gallery, the first of its kind to pop up in the Strip in 1998.
The Bellagio art gallery has had exhibitions featuring the art of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, and also an exhibition featuring Warhol and his friends, such as pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. They have also had works by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir on exhibition.
There have been failures, though. The Guggenheim had a gallery at the Venetian Hotel, called the Hermitage Museum, that closed due to a lack of interest. The Wynn museum also closed in 2009, but Steve Wynn has started to display paintings from his private collection in all his properties.
This type of failure hasn’t dissuaded some to be even bolder. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has taken art in casinos a step further by employing an artist-in-residence. The artists become an attraction to casino visitors. The casino has built a glass-walled studio so that guests can watch the artists at work. In that way, the artists become an exhibition themselves, and even a kind of living moving piece of spontaneous meta installation art.
Fine art is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially if they are visitors to Las Vegas. The gambling and entertainment city is not exactly a highbrow destination, so it stands to reason that some visitors would be attracted to a different idea of what art is. Artefacts are close enough to art for some people because it has the word “art” in the title. The Luxor hotel has had great success with their exhibition of artefacts retrieved from the sunken wreck of the Titanic. The 250 artefacts were used in an exhibition that aimed to recapture the splendour of that doomed vessel before it went under.