It all started with a trip to Vegas. My parents took me for a work convention in May of 2014 (almost two years ago now) and I expected just to go to business seminars. They turned out to be not so bad and I did learn some new things, but little did I know that something unexpected was about to happen.
Visiting many of these resort type hotels gave me inspiration and a love for the amazing world of art. Pictured above is a sculpture in the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops. Looking back, I thought that because it was so large, it belonged outside. Because of how the ceiling was painted, it looked like it was outside in the first place!
Here are some other descriptions of things I saw on the trip!
A life-size sculpture enclosed by railings and Plexiglas
This was a part of a five part series that Koons did that was sold for $33.6 million to Steve Wynn in December of 2013. In an article released by the Las Vegas Sun, Steve stated that he was very delighted in being able to share Koons’s art with guests as he is stated to be “one of the most important living artists on canvas and in sculpture in the world today.”
Preston Bailey’s Hot Air Balloon and Carousel
Both of these floral installations were unveiled at the Wynn Hotel in November of 2013. Together it is said they required 110,000 flowers to make and Bailey and his team spent over 3,500 hours on the design alone. The whimsical theme they both display, blend nicely with the decor of the hotel itself, and that was the goal Bailey was looking to push. According to the Luxury Daily, Rosie Abrams (Wynn Public Relations) states, “The guest response has been overwhelmingly positive,” and I have to agree.
Following the Vegas trip in May of 2014, my family and I were able to accompany our friend who worked as an art auctioneer on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas in July.
Sadly, I was unable to capture pictures of all of the art I got to see during my vacation on board the ship… but I will include these two pictures from the cruise itself, as well as information about the two artists I learned about the most on the trip.
Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606- 1669) was extremely honest with himself when he painted his many self-portraits. Because he was not very good at managing his money, he was poor for a good chunk of his life. At these points, he depicted himself with a dirty smock and a darker face.
He is also known for his paintings “Night Watch,” “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp,” and “Landscape with a Stone Bridge.”
Itzchak Tarchay (1935–2012) was born on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border in 1935. At the age of 9, he and his family went to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp for one year until the allies freed them. In 1951 after living in Kibbutz for a while, he received a scholarship to the Avni Art Academy and continued from then on. French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism have both influenced his work. As you can see from the picture above he worked with watercolor, but he also worked with acrylic and oil. The main themes of his paintings center around simple scenes of vibrantly colored women in coffee shops and his main point is to draw the viewer into this imaginary world.
I am very excited to continue on this journey of learning about art and all the wonderful things that go along with it.
Until next time,