Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents ‘Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends’

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) is pleased to announce the debut of “Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends” January 23, 2009. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), the exhibition will feature important paintings and sculpture by major contemporary artists with a focus on the 1960s and ’70s.

This exhibition will mark a transition by BGFA to showcase the next generation of artists beyond the late 19th and early 20th century masterworks found in previous displays. As the gallery moves forward with future programming, it is extraordinary partnerships such as the one forged with MCASD which will provide BGFA with the opportunity to exhibit important works of art throughout history.

“Working with MCASD and having the opportunity to present such incredible works of art, has been a phenomenal experience for BGFA,” said MGM MIRAGE Curatorial Advisor Michele C. Quinn. “We are excited about this chance to bridge the gallery’s past exhibitions with future ones while still being true to the core of BGFA’s mission of showing only the best.”

“Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends” will include many of the major works in MCASD’s collection, primarily large-scale paintings along with sculpture and works on paper. The iconic artists to be featured were the leaders of their generation – Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt and Ed Ruscha, among others. Their innovative use of material and imagery was at the forefront of Pop Art and Minimalism worldwide.

Masterworks on display will include Frank Stella’s “Sabra III” (1967), strikingly decorative, monumental canvas sections derived from the lines of a mechanical protractor curve; Roy Lichtenstein’s “Mirror” (1971), a deadpan depiction of a mirror’s surface that preposterously reflects its own schematized representation; and Sol LeWitt’s “Floor Piece #4” (1976), one in a series of compositions based on the cube, his fundamental modular unit. Classic examples of Abstract Expressionism by Hans Hofmann and Clyfford Still, precursors to the ’60’s movements, also will be on view.

Dr. Hugh M. Davies, The David C. Copley Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, said, “MCASD is extremely pleased to have this opportunity to showcase the depth and quality of its collection to new audiences through this partnership with Bellagio.”

“Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends” will be on view January 23, 2009 through Sept. 8, 2009. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

Admittance is $15 for general admission, $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older, $10 for students, teachers and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets and information are available by calling (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777, or online at or Audio tours are included in the price of admission. Located adjacent to the gallery, The Gallery Store offers limited edition works of art as well as a wide selection of prints, books, stationery and unique gifts.

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