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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Prominent South Korean Sculptor Wook Jang Cheung headlines on the Las Vegas Strip

Dr. Laura Henkel
There is little doubt that Dr. Laura Henkel, proprietor of Sin City Gallery and former curator of the Erotic Heritage Museum is becoming a force to reckon with in the local art scene. Not just has she curated exceptional and provocative art exhibitions in her modest gallery at the Arts Factory in Downtown but she is now breaking into the international art scene. Co-curating with Shunmei Jin of JSM Art in China, Dr. Henkel brings to the Las Vegas Strip the works of Wook Jang Cheung, one of South Korea's most prominent sculptors.

The faunal works of Mr. Cheung, that will be exhibited inside The Shops at Crystals, ever so slightly remind me of the surrealist anthropomorphic figures of Alberto Giacometti and Dali's famed elephants. The stunning sculptures are completed in an exceptional quicksilver finish that almost channel Mia Lin's "Silver River" just around the corner at Aria. With the James Turell installation and now with the Cheung collection City Center continues its tradition of exhibiting thought provoking contemporary art.

Wook Jang Cheung
The Las Vegas Strip's trifecta of culture that includes City Center, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Bellagio, not to mention the 18b Arts District in Downtown could potentially make Las Vegas an international art destination in the near future. I am thinking a biennale in the next ten years. Stay tuned...

Long Journey Home
The Shops at Crystals
3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Through October 13, 2013

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