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“Art for Art’s Sake” houses UNLV alumni artwork in Marjorie Barrick Museum on Tuesday. Ayad Tarik/The Rebel Yell

 
“Art for Art’s Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection” is the fascinating gallery of various works from local and national artists, and the latest exhibition at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick’s Museum.

Alisha Kerlin, the collections manager for the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, said the exhibition serves a purpose as touting some of the university’s finest art graduates.

“One of the reasons this exhibition stands out is because we showcase many local artists, and the majority are UNLV alumni,” Kerlin said. “It is inspiring to see these artists come full circle from ex-students, to internationally acclaimed stars.” This exhibit shares its name with a phrase that was coined by 19th century French philosopher Victor Cousin.

The phrase evolved into an art movement known as aestheticism. It is the belief that art should focus on its organic beauty, and avoid underlying political or social statements.

Aesthetics supporters, such as James McNeill Whistler and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, agreed that art needs no justification.

The work on display echoes the sentiments of those early artists. Nothing inside the exhibition can be misconstrued as pretentious.

Art lovers, and anyone who appreciates keen details, will find plenty to rest their eyes on inside the gallery as a total of 43 pieces are available to view from various paintings and drawings to sculptures on display.

“Art for Art’s Sake” houses UNLV alumni artwork in Marjorie Barrick Museum on Tuesday. Ayad Tarik/The Rebel Yell

“Art for Art’s Sake” houses UNLV alumni artwork in Marjorie Barrick Museum on Tuesday. Ayad Tarik/The Rebel Yell

Thomas Burke, Brian Porray, Jason Adkins and David Ryan are some of the notable UNLV graduates with works presented at the exhibit and for some, the psychedelic, unorthodox and experimental works will make for an unforgettable visual experience.

Porray’s painting, a highlight of the exhibition, gives a strong representation of the city of Las Vegas. The piece was inspired by the artist’s interpretation of the Luxor’s light into the night’s sky. (/DARKHORSE/) evokes the mystery and fear Porray felt when gazing at the spectacle years ago.

The artwork inside the gallery was shipped to the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation’s self-titled museum in Los Angeles. The foundation also serves as one of the sponsors for the exhibition.

“Art for Art’s Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection” will be on display until April 26. The exhibition is free to the public and is a soothing escape from the drudgery of midterms, essays, extracurricular activities and other stresses that college students face.

“It is an ideal place for students to visit, unwind and relax,” Kerlin said. “Everyone has hectic schedules, deadlines to meet and other stressful tasks going on. Above all, I hope students come back to this museum on a regular basis, and develop a relationship with the work on display.”

UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum will hold a special “Critique and Conversation: For the Eye” on March 28 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kerlin, along with visiting lecturer Dr. Jason Hill and content specialist DK Sole, will host the event.

It promises to be an in-depth, detailed discussion about the work on display at the UNLV-housed exhibit.

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