• Gina Rullo

Park West Gallery opens new museum in Vegas


A bronze elephant named “Bobby” by acclaimed sculptor Nano Lopez welcomes guests to the new Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery in Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Amanda Nowak Photography/Courtesy Photo)

Park West Gallery, the world’s largest art dealer, is further expanding its global footprint with the opening of a major new museum and art gallery at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


Located inside the luxurious Forum Shops at Caesars (known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World”), the Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery brings a world-class collection of art to the Las Vegas Strip. The new location will be hosting curated museum exhibitions highlighting some of the greatest artists in history while also offering curious collectors access to exciting new works from many of today’s hottest artists.


“Everything in Vegas has to be bigger, better, and more beautiful than anywhere on Earth,” said Park West Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione. “Our collection at the Park West Museum & Gallery Las Vegas will be second to none with everything from emerging artists to one-of-a-kind paintings by Renoir, Chagall, Picasso, and more. There’s no charge for admission and we can’t wait for tourists and locals alike to experience these fantastic works of art in person.”


The Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery will be showcasing nearly 1,000 works every day—the gallery collection includes artwork ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to over one million dollars. As visitors tour the museum collections, they will encounter original masterworks created by icons like Salvador Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso. (Park West currently has the largest collection of Picasso’s ceramic works on display anywhere on the planet.) In the gallery collection, guests can browse Park West’s vast selection of art for sale and even take home original works by famed artists like Peter Max, Mark Kostabi, Nano Lopez, Kre8, or Las Vegas native Michael Godard.


Founded in 1969, Park West Gallery has introduced over three million clients to the joys of collecting art at luxury travel destinations around the globe. According to Park West’s Executive Vice President John Block, that made Las Vegas “a natural fit for our next expansion. It’s a marvelous city, one of the most beloved cities in the world, which is no doubt why the NFL, NHL, and so many great companies and people have invested here. We love Las Vegas and Park West has been hosting events here for decades, so we’re incredibly excited to now call Vegas ‘home.’”


To celebrate the opening of the Park West Fine Museum & Gallery, the location is currently hosting the traveling museum exhibition “From Renoir to Kostabi,” which spans centuries and highlights artwork ranging from 15th-century illuminated manuscripts to original creations by renowned artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Marcel Mouly and Mark Kostabi.


The Park West Fine Museum & Gallery is located at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109. The current hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and you can learn more at http://www.parkwestvegas.com or by calling (702) 866-0001.

You can find more information about visiting The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino at https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/things-to-do/forum-shops.


About Park West Gallery


Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer, bringing the experience of collecting fine art to more than 3 million customers since 1969. Whether it’s masterpieces from history’s greatest artists or the latest artwork from leading contemporary icons, Park West offers something for everyone through its accessible art exhibitions and auctions all over the world. You can learn more about Park West Gallery and its over 50-year history at http://www.parkwestgallery.com.

Park West also hosts live-streaming online art auctions every weekend. To learn more about Park West’s online collecting events, visit https://www.parkwestgallery. com/online/.


In other art news, the Springfield Museums present Chance Encounters: Mixed Media Constructions by Shawn Farley on view through March 7, 2021, at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.


Massachusetts artist Shawn Farley creates sculptural assemblages that give new life to obsolete foundry molds and other found objects. By embracing chance and trusting her keen artistic instincts, Farley constructs clever compositions that take on human qualities and adopt their own personalities.


To embark on her work, Farley searches flea markets and seeks out junk dealers from all over the country. She is particularly interested in wood patterns or molds formed by talented craftsmen long ago. Once used to make fittings for Hoover Dam ships or contribute to operations at a mill in Shelburne Falls, the foundry molds that are integral to Farley’s work served an important industrial purpose. These, she said, are unique pieces on their way to becoming the trash of history.


“These objects radiate personality and voice, demanding an opportunity at another life,” Farley said. Since foundry molds come in all shapes and sizes, it is often playing with them that dictates what they will become. Farley might have a piece nearly finished when by chance, she places another piece next to it rather than on it and it changes the entire direction and meaning of the piece.


While some of Farley’s constructions express personal views on social, political and religious issues, others are purely automatic. “Freed from their destiny as castaways or trash, these objects assume new identities and an evocation of something soulful,” she said.


“The imaginative assemblage works in this exhibition make the old new again,” said Maggie North, Curator of Art at the Springfield Museums. “Each encounter with Shawn Farley’s work tells a story and offers an opportunity for dialogue.”


About Shawn Farley


Shawn Farley earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska with a double major in dance and art, and MFA in Arts Administration from the University of Iowa. She was Director of Center for the Arts in Northampton from 1984 to 1987, and has been the Marketing Director at UMass Fine Arts Center since 1993.