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An ‘iconic’ exhibition at Bellagio Gallery in Las Vegas
An 'iconic' exhibition at Bellagio Gallery in Las Vegas


What being “iconic” means is the topic of an exhibition at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas through March 31. “Icons of Contemporary Art” features paintings, videos and sculptures by living artists throughout the world. They explore a variety of motifs, mythologies and reimaginations of the human figure in their works. “In this micro-survey of pre-eminent artists, we offer multiple points of connection to sensuality, architecture, play and experimentation both visually and conceptually,” said Demecina Beehn, director of art and culture for MGM Resorts International. “While vastly different in their approach, each artist hones a clear voice or style that challenges boundaries, thus exemplifying aspects of their greatness.” Among the artists whose work is on display are George Condo, Frank Stella, Sanford Biggers, Yoshitaka Amano, Esther Mahlangu and Ghada Amer. Amer’s “Twins,” for example, combines feminine portraiture and embroidery techniques to challenge masculine traditions in art. Amano, who uses automotive paint to create otherworldly scenes and portraits, imagines neon-colored creatures and blond, waifish figures atop celestial beasts in “Devaloka 13.” Condo, in what he calls “psychological cubism,” evokes ancient deities and modern man in “Constellation II.” Even the entrance to the galley, inspired by the textures and colors of artworks inside, pairs faux fur and neon components, creating a unique photo opportunity for guests. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors 65 and older, students, teachers, and military with a valid ID. Docent-led tours are at 2 p.m.

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