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Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art Hearts Humans

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 25th March 2010 3:14am
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Ashe. Carney. Miller. Garfunkel. Lange. C. Clarke, Linkletter. Bell. (Biv?) Laboe. Treacher. Twombly. Kline. DeKooning. Pollock. ... no matter how you slice it, we love the arts, particularly the abstract expressionists. With ARIA's grand opening vaporizing in the rearview, the time has come for the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to give those muttering eco-maniacal architects a'PunkinChunken. They can even design their own trebuchet!

And what subject matter could possibly be fascinating enough to follow up on a show about architectural scale, scope and shapes? The human form is what is, and not a moment too soon. Like a bowl of peaches next to a pile of protractors, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's new show "Figuratively Speaking: A Survey Of The Human Form" - opening May 1st - will bring a refreshing change to the 24/7/365x5 architectural yapping that has engulfed Bellagio's general neighborhood for as long as we can remember.

Aaaaah... humans in all their splendid glory.

Eyes, hands, minds, heads, noses, belly buttons, gyrating hips, feet and hopefully arms enough to give yourself a 'net hug from yours truly. If you're reading this you definitely deserve it! Who are we? To help us find a glimmer of a fleeting answer, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has teamed up with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and its own MGM Mirage Fine Art Collection to present paintings, photographs, sculpture and video installations by artists from the 19th century to today.

Here is but a small sample of pieces included in the show, in reverse chronology (oldest to newest).

A stunning, raw depiction of a frumpy, seemingly disinterested teenager. The apple of the eye seems to have been squashed by the square peg reality.

The French cuffed left arm - imposingly bent, impossibly - set atop a red matte screams Uncle Sam or ominous authority.

Graffiti artist turned pop art icon Keith Haring repainted over at least a half dozen of mass-produced Elvis Presley posters, each one sounding like a new cover version of "Blue Suede Shoes." An obvious tip of the hat to Viva Elvis. Copyright says "n.d." for 'not dated', however these were done in 1981, the same year singer Adam Ant had his creative peak.

Reminds me of a coupla lost semesters in graduate school... before they prescribed it for 'medicinal usage.'.

In addition to the above works "Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of The Human Form" will include pieces by Pierre-August Renoir (The Sweeper), Pablo Picasso (Woman With Beret), Alberto Giacometti, Joseph Cornell, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Judith Shea, Bill Viola, Yoshitomo Nara, Vanessa Beecroft, Edgar Degas, Ferdinand Leger, Bill Viola, Cindy Sherman, Tony Oursler, Barbara Kruger and many more.

Hours, pricing, directions and ticket information for this show - which begins on May 1st 2010 - will be posted on the BGFA webpage within Bellagio.com in the weeks prior to opening.



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