Some of the biggest names in the street art scene, including Shepard Fairey and Felipe Pantone, will join Downtown Las Vegas’ open-air gallery in September.
Curated by Charlotte Dutoit of JUSTKIDS for the fourth year, the muralist program of Life is Beautiful has become one of the festival’s most memorable attractions. Alongside Fairey and Pantone on the lineup: Bezt from Etam Cru(Poland); painter and art-toy maker Tristan Eaton, whose work can be found in the permanent collection of MoMA (U.S.); Fafi (France), an urban artist who works with global fashion brands, design and videography; Norwegian stencil artist Martin Whatson, with pieces that blend graffiti and decay; Spanish artist and illustrator Dulk, known for filling murals with cartoonish characters; and Australian artist and graphic designer Mark Drew (Tokyo), who received notoriety for his latest project “Deez Nuts,” in which he lets Peanuts characters converse in classic rap lines.
Meet Dutoit, the mind behind the murals, here.
In addition to street art, Life is Beautiful expands its art installations with the anticipated debut of Mike Ross’ Big Rig Jig, which settles into its permanent home after a trip to Banksy’s “Bemusement Park” Dismaland in England, the most talked about art event of 2015.
Additional installations include the Silent Room, a one-of-a-kind anechoic chamber by Dutch London-based artist Simon Heijdens; Poetic Kinetics‘ never-before-seen aerial installation entitled “Proximate Sky”; Amanda Parer’s Intrude, a display of giant, illuminated rabbits originating in Australia and traveling across the globe, lighting up the festival with their magical glow; Crystal Wagner beautifying the facade of one of Vegas’ historic motels; and Laura Kimpton lending one word from her “Monumental Word Series,” best known for its display at Burning Man.
Stay tuned for the next round of art announcements in late July. (Hint! Crime on Canvas)