- Date: launched 15 December 2010, permanent
- Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
- Artists: Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf and Shinique Smith
Presented by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in association with the Art Production Fund, permanent murals will feature work by four major figures in contemporary art: Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf and Shinique Smith. These artists, who work with pop culture concepts and socio-political ideas, represent a range of graffiti and gallery practices. Each has been invited to create a site specific “wallwork” within the casino garage and will use a variety of materials from household and spray paint, to wheat pasted for a week long period to achieve the end results. These unique public artworks will inspire guests with thought provoking visuals upon entry to The Cosmopolitan.
WALLWORKS incorporate two important genres that bring art into the public sphere: murals and graffiti. Murals being one of the oldest artistic forms and graffiti its renegade younger sibling, have both been effective tools to reflect the individual artists creative expression and humanitarian messages. These monumental gestures have long been part of the civic landscape and give communities and visitors an image in which to reflect and empower their own voice.
“The Cosmopolitan recognizes the importance of embracing visionary artists and commissioning permanent works that become both a destination and part of the dialogue of art history”, said Co-founders of Art Production Fund, Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen.
Visitors will experience multiple genres within the artistic spectrum: visual art, new media, music, performance, and design all integrated into the unique landscape of the property. The program takes a fresh approach to immersive installation and embraces innovative ideas, provocative content and interactive projects, engaging first time viewers and art critics alike, while fostering a greater awareness of the important messages found in contemporary art.
WALLWORKS can be experienced at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from December 15- ongoing.Download PDF