On January 31, the Wynn unveiled a $33.7 million steel sculpture by celebrity artist Jeff Koons. “Tulips” is a three-ton bouquet of high-gloss, candy-colored flowers, which matches Las Vegas’ perennial style: expensive, famous and seductive in an image-conscious kind of way. Depending on the viewer, Koons is either a brilliant artist for the ages or a Kardashian of the art world (which may be giving Kim and Khloe too much credit). Steve Wynn, as a major art collector, would be remiss not to own at least one piece by Koons, and what better place to display his big win than at the Wynn? Many of Koons’ “balloon style” sculptures focus on ephemeral subjects such as flowers, puppies … and flower-covered puppies. Their banality makes them pop-tastic, playful and irreverent. “Tulips,” part of Koons’ Celebration series begun in the late ’90s, may be a mere, fleeting pleasure. But that shouldn’t stop you—go see the sleek, shiny bouquet on display near the Wynn’s showroom lobby. These steel blooms are made to last.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.