The Magic Hour: The Convergence of Art and Las Vegas
Is Las Vegas, the capital of the Western entertainment complex, also set to become the capital of art? A large number of artists live there or visit ... Show synopsis Is Las Vegas, the capital of the Western entertainment complex, also set to become the capital of art? A large number of artists live there or visit often, Venice was partially reconstructed there, and the Bellagio resort and casino house an art collection that includes EI Grecos and Picassos promoted as if they were Frank Sinatra or the Beach Boys. At this historic moment, art is losing the visionary power to which it used to lay claim and is instead drawing closer to forms of the entertainment industry, including lifestyle and game shows, Hollywood cinema and music videos. In a paradoxical turn of events, the society of the spectacle has become a reality and Las Vegas is becoming the capital of the future culture industry. The Magic Hour assesses the Vegas situation through work by such artists as the Reverend Ethan Acres, David Batchelor, Marcel Duchamp, Jim Isermann, Rem Koolhaas, Liberace, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Victoria Reynolds, Jim Shaw, Bridget Smith, Jeffrey Vallance, and, of course, Andy Warhol.