Fine Art

[2015 Critics' Picks]

Best of 2015: Fine Art

Millei’s “Jack Daniels and Jeopardy”
Dawn-Michelle Baude

Pasha Rafat's Light Works at Brett Wesley Gallery.

1. Picasso: Creatures and Creativity (Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art) It takes place in a boudoir. It feels like sci-fi. It reads like a graphic novel. Picasso’s prints raise questions about his psychology no one dares answer.

2. Recent Acquisitions (Barrick Museum) These works, by 32 Las Vegas-connected artists, did the city proud.

3. David Ryan (Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory) The sculptor scales down and goes intimate, revealing astonishing, painterly superpowers.

4. John Millei: If 6 Turned Out to Be 9 (Barrick Museum) These canvases are so hyper-controlled they’re the opposite of letting go. But he’s letting go.

5. Pasha Rafat: Light Works (Brett Wesley Gallery) Tight light. Architectural installations transform the gallery into an optical illusion machine.

  • Almost uniformly, the artists shun Asian art traditions and draw upon the Western canon.

  • Many of the artists in the exhibition were impacted by the AIDS crisis, which contributed to the disappearance of their histories over time.

  • The poems are honest and deeply personal. They ruminate on themes of forgiveness, nature, the difficulty of love and even the innocent desire to pet ...

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