As a kid, I used to run and play for hours in my grandma’s huge garden in Seattle. Now I’m not exactly an expert with all the names of the flowers she had (all I can remember are sunflowers and rhododendrons), but believe me when I say she had a rainbow of them!
While it’s definitely not green and lush in Vegas like it is in my hometown, a trip to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art definitely brought me back to those memories at grandma’s. Through January 2012, see Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s latest exhibit, “A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney.” Organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this showcase includes more than 30 artworks ranging from paintings, photographs and mixed media. The variety keeps the gallery intriguing.
Artists for the new display include Claude Monet, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Therrien, Christo, Catherine Murphy and Neil Welliver, to name a few.
Nearby, you’ll see a completely different concept of landscape with Roy Lichtenstein’s 1996 piece, “Seascape.” Popular for his comic strip style, Lichenstein captures your attention even though he only uses primary colors. In this piece, the different sizes of blue speckled dots he uses as water really messes with your eyes — in a good way. I kept blinking, taking a step back, then a step forward.
Another piece that caught my attention was David Hockey’s 1998 contemporary landscape piece, “Garrowby Hill.” I found my eyes wandering with the hills on the painting. The bright colors like the winding purple road and the downhill slope of the trees truly take your eyes for a roller coaster ride.
If you like to talk or ask questions about art, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art holds “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing” once a month hosted by master sommelier Jason Smith and the gallery’s art director Tarissa Tiberti. Enjoy wine and listen to how each selection pairs with art seen in the gallery. This event is available on the following dates: May 11; June 8; July 13; August 10; Sept. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, 2011 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The talk begins promptly at 6 p.m. Complimentary docent tours are available daily at 2 p.m.
This may not be grandma’s garden, but with all the interpretations of landscapes seen here it definitely makes it a bright, colorful and engaging visit. The gallery opens April 16th and will be on display until January 2012.
(Main photo: Alfred Sisley, “The Loing at Saint-Mammès,“ 1882. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Courtesy of William A. Coolidge.)