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Arts Speaker Series - "What Stays in Vegas..." Excess, Influence, and the New Business of Art

Arts Speaker Series - "What Stays in Vegas..." Excess, Influence, and the New Business of Art

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KPU Surrey
Surrey Cedar Boardroom 2110

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

 

“What Stays in Vegas…” Excess, Influence, and the New Business of Art

Dr. Dorothy Barenscott, Fine Arts

 

Steve Wynn, American businessman, casino magnate, and luxury hotel owner, is also one of the world’s most prolific art collectors.  With a private collection of art valued at over half a billion dollars, and a constantly changing stable of iconic works, Wynn has become as famous for his art collection as he has for placing many of his most prized works of art on full public display in his properties. Through her examination of episodes related to Steve Wynn’s art collecting, selling, and exhibition practices “Vegas Style,” art historian Dorothy Barenscott will discuss recent research that seeks to unpack these and other powerful configurations, conflations, and meaning-making mechanisms that can be taken from the spaces of Wynn’s “over-the-top” casino-hotels as they collide with the practices of high art exhibition. At the core of her analysis will be questions of how, and to what ends, Wynn is using art to create an influential business model, and what Wynn’s success reveals about the role of excess, populism, entrepreneurship, and artist celebrity in today’s fraught art world.

2019-01-16 12:00 2019-01-16 13:00 America/Vancouver Arts Speaker Series - "What Stays in Vegas..." Excess, Influence, and the New Business of Art Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 pm   Surrey Cedar Boardroom 2110 KPU Surrey