Opening May 21, the show features legendary artwork on loan from Las Vegas collectors

LAS VEGAS (May 13, 2021) – Las Vegas’ rich history in the sports and entertainment world comes center stage with MGM Resorts Art & Culture’s newest exhibition, Leather Throwers, debuting May 21, at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Multiple Las Vegas collectors have loaned their beloved pieces to be exhibited for the first time. Works by seminal artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol will be seen next to some of today’s most influential artists.

Titled after a drawing by California artist Ed Ruscha, the exhibition will highlight historic and Contemporary artists who have utilized imagery and the personalities of boxing to create sculptures, paintings and drawings that tell the story of boxing through political, social and visual lenses. Alongside these pieces will be photographs, objects and historical memorabilia commemorating great moments from the storied history of boxing.

“Las Vegas has long been anchored on the excitement and passion around sports and entertainment,” said Tarissa Tiberti, Executive Director of MGM Resorts Art & Culture. “This exciting exhibit celebrating one of sport’s most dramatic disciplines wouldn’t be possible without the Las Vegas collectors who are not only invested in the sport of boxing but are also betting on our city’s strong return.”

Featured artists include Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeffrey Gibson, Douglas Gordon, Damien Hirst, Annie Leibovitz, Vik Muniz, Ed Ruscha, Claes Oldenburg, Irving Penn, Gary Simmons, and Andy Warhol. Generous lenders include, Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta, Michelle and Lawrence Epstein, Dana White, Hauser and Wirth, Top Rank and other private collections.

On view from May 21 to August 22 at BGFA, Leather Throwers will be open Thursday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For additional information, call (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777, or visit bellagio.com/bgfa

About Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Located at the heart of Bellagio Resort & Casino, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition space. Since opening in 1998, the gallery has presented exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections, including Yayoi Kusama, Primal Water: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art; Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection; Town and Country: From Degas to Picasso; Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century; Picasso: Creatures and Creativity; Fabergé Revealed; and Warhol Out West.

About MGM Resorts Art & Culture
MGM Resorts Art & Culture focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts’ destinations globally. Currently, the MGM Resorts Art Collection includes more than 800 pieces by over 200 artists.

MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 to encompass all of MGM Resorts’ collections and varied art-related initiatives and partnerships to develop a comprehensive, multifaceted arts program. Reflecting the company’s core values of inclusivity and diversity, MGM Resorts Art & Culture aims to create special, accessible experiences for all audiences. Each project thoughtfully considers the artist, the environment, and the overall experience, recognizing the power of art to evoke emotion, engage the senses, and spark conversation. Art is prevalent throughout MGM Resorts’ distinctive world-class brands, including Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, and Delano Las Vegas; as well as MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C., MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, and internationally at MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI.
 

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