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Finding Picasso and Dali in Las Vegas

Last updated: December 23, 2019 at 11:40 am. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Finding Picasso and Dali in Las Vegas.

The Martin Lawrence Gallery in las vegas

The back half of the Martin Lawrence Gallery, featuring Dali’s largest piece on the right. Photo by Total Vegas Blog.

The Martin Lawrence Gallery in las vegas

A lot of ink has been spilled about the cultural scene growing in Las Vegas in recent years, but there’s been an excellent art destination hiding all along under our nose – or more appropriately, across from Neptune’s trident.

Located across from the Fall of Atlantis show, The Martin Lawrence Gallery in Las Vegas located in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is one of the largest privately-owned art galleries in the country, featuring approximately 400 pieces in a 27,000 square-feet space, with works by contemporary and modern masters of art like Dali, Chagall and more.

Luckily, you can simply come in and appreciate the art, even if you aren’t there to buy a million-dollar piece or two.

Photo of "Uncle Sam (Myths)" by Andy Warhol - The Martin Lawrence Gallery in las vegas

“Uncle Sam (Myths)” by Andy Warhol, a rare large-format piece by the artist. Photo by Total Vegas Blog.

Art for Everyone

“It’s far more of an experience than most retail galleries,” said gallery director Stacie Goulet.

“Even if you don’t want to acquire art, we’ll take you through and educate you on the art and show you new things.”

Goulet said much of the foot traffic to the gallery comes in from passersby at nearby Forum Shops stores, but they also open up to the community, hosting local school groups for educational visits just as comfortably as an annual VIP event for art collectors, unveiling a quarter billion dollars of art.

Yes, billion with a “B.” But even though some of the artwork can get into the millions, you can own a piece for as low as $600 if something catches your eye. Did you know you could own a Picasso for $4,000?

A Robust Collection

In addition to the aforementioned Picasso and Dali pieces, you can find works by other well-known masters like Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Erté and contemporary works like pieces by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst. Along with Martin Lawrence Gallery locations around the country, they’ve actually lent pieces to artist exhibits in New York, San Francisco, London and Saint Petersburg.

“We try to fit something for everyone into the space, and we have the space for it,” Goulet says.

Some of the highlights currently in the gallery include unique color variations of Warhol pieces, including a rare large format piece. You can also see the largest Dali piece ever made, “March of Time Committee: Papillon, 1940.” It’s a whopping 17 feet tall by 63 feet wide.

It’s a great space to expand your horizons – and perhaps own a piece of art that truly speaks to you.

“You might get rid of a couch, or drapes,” Goulet said. “But you don’t get rid of the artwork. We’re here helping create a long-term legacy.”

Once you’ve seen enough art pieces, you can explore other attractions at Caesars Palace or even other attractions and venues in the Las Vegas strip.

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Jorge has been writing in Las Vegas for about a decade, covering a mix of entertainment, nightlife and travel offerings for publications like Best of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Louisville Voice-Tribune. In his spare time, he's traveling, at pub trivia or not playing his stack of video games.

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