Sarah Morris’ Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas), 1999. Household gloss paint on canvas. Copyright Sarah Morris

It was my first time at the Guggenheim (the one in New York, not the one that used to be in the Venetian) and as I made my way up the atrium, the above painting made me stop in ┬ámy tracks. It was so graphic and strong, yet so familiar I couldn’t stop looking at it. It was a pleasant surprise to look down and see that it was titled “Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas)”. Ah, a little piece of home.

It was done by Sarah Morris, a British-born American artist whose work, according to Tedd Mann at Guggenheim.org, is a “reference the network of power relationships and communication systems encoded in the architecture of late capitalism.”

MGM Grand (Las Vegas), 1999. Household gloss paint on canvas. Copyright Sarah Morris

Rio with Palms (Las Vegas), 1999. Household gloss paint on canvas. Copyright Sarah Morris.

Mr. Mann (a title, funny enough, I called my roomates’ blue heeler mix) mentions a lot of other stuff about these Las Vegas pieces “echoing the hermetic and self-referential nature of much of abstract painting.” but I think that’s just a lot self-aggrandizing back stories artists give to charge people more money.

Despite of how pretentious the art world is, I love these paintings. I love how architectural they are. I love the use of color. I love that they capture a piece of Las Vegas.

I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Caesars (Las Vegas), 1999. Household gloss paint on canvas. Copyright Sarah Morris.

 

Speedworld (Las Vegas), 1999. Household gloss paint on canvas. Copyright Sarah Morris.

Neon Midnight Fantasy (Las Vegas), 1999. Household gloss paint on canvas. Copyright Sarah Morris.

 

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