In my last piece, I gave a brief overview of the history between art/visual propaganda and politics, and why saying that artists shouldn’t express their politics is short-sighted. I’d like to delve a little deeper into that relationship but to do that, we have to do a little time traveling…


The political climate in the United States right now is fraught to say the least. With the country on the brink of kissing our democracy (however flawed it might be) goodbye, a lot of people are finding ways to express their fear, frustration, and anger. Some are committed to sharing…


A lot of people know who Frida Kahlo is. Rightly so — her art and the story of her life are inspiring and tragic all at the same time. Kahlo has become so iconic, in fact, it might be easy for non-art lovers to overlook the other female painters that…


The story of Nevada’s history is comprised of some interesting characters. Take Bugsy Siegel, the mobster with a bad temper that is responsible for the Las Vegas Strip. Or Sherriff Ralph Lamb, the man that modernized the Las Vegas Police Department but also had some questionable interrogation tactics, especially by…


“I paint life as I would like it to be.”

There are few things that are quintessentially “American”: apple pie, baseball, rock n’ roll, and Norman Rockwell. His name might not garner the recognition it once did (unless you’re a fan of Lana Del Rey), but his work has been…


Love has been a source of inspiration to artists and writers and musicians since…forever. No joke: one of the first known depictions of a couple in an embrace is a carving that is dated somewhere around 10,000 B.C. known as the Ain Sakhri Lovers. …


Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, Pablo Picasso once said. It is a manufactured, exaggerated medium, created in the hopes that its audience will take away a deeper meaning, one perhaps they wouldn’t be receptive to in other settings, under different circumstances. …


These days, the name Diego Rivera may not be recognizable to the general public. Those that do know him likely connect him to his wife, the late painter Frida Kahlo. But during his life, Rivera was a giant in the art world. Known as one of “Los Tres Grandes”, he…


When someone does word-association with a city like Las Vegas, there’s probably a brief list that comes to mind: drinking, gambling, partying, The Strip, and beautiful women. These days, it’s club hostesses, dancers, and cocktail waitresses that fill the latter role up and down the Strip. …


Not too many things in Las Vegas stand the test of time. Hotels, shows, and people come and go like the ocean tide, but the Flamingo has proven to be an exception. Open since 1946, it is the oldest operational hotel in Las Vegas. As the first luxury resort of…

Lauryn Ellis

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