Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 | 4:48 p.m.
The closing of "Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland" was a heartbreaker for anyone who missed the three-month window of opportunity to see the show at the Las Vegas Art Museum.
The good news is that Paul Morrison's "Phytochrome" is near completion on the back wall of the museum's main gallery. Using stencils and acrylic paint, Morrison's graphic-style black-and-white landscape -- "Phytochrome" -- was painted directly onto the wall and took two weeks.
The exhibit, which also includes his paintings and works on paper, doesn't open until Feb. 2, but at least we can all relax knowing that the hard part is over.
Keep in mind that "Phytochrome," which incorporates Morrison's botanical and castle motifs, will be painted over at the end of the exhibit (so this one you won't want to miss).
Those of you still kicking yourself for missing "Las Vegas Diaspora" can take a trip to Laguna, Calif., in March. The colorful show curated by Dave
Hickey will be at the Laguna Art Museum from March 2 to June 1.