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WWD MAGIC issue 02/17/2009


The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s newest exhibit, “Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends,” offers a different kind of sensory stimulation than Las Vegas is typically known for. The collection offers up a combination of large-scale paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Pop Art and minimalist icons Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and others from the vibrant era of the Sixties and Seventies.

This story first appeared in the February 17, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the exhibit is part of BGFA’s transition away from traditional 19th- and 20th-century collections and marks the gallery’s first foray into modern art. Do-not-miss works include Frank Stella’s “Sabra III” (1967), Roy Lichtenstein’s “Mirror” (1976) and Sol LeWitt’s “Floor Piece #4” (1976).

“Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol & Friends” at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-693-7871; Open Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

— Sara Lerner


Switch takes the ever-changing Las Vegas restaurant scene to new extremes.

The space transforms itself every 25 minutes, with retracting walls, chandeliers that drop from the ceiling and even transformative outside scenery.

But the theatrical experience is only half of the show. The menu offers an equally varied range of flavors with executive chef Marc Poidevin’s French-inspired twist on seafood and steak. The signature seafood tower, for example, layers oysters, jumbo shrimp, tuna tartar, lobster and bay scallop ceviche ($75).

For nonseafood lovers, Switch offers a 10-oz. filet ($45) and a 14-oz. New York strip ($48). The dessert menu features an assortment of French delicacies like the Venezuelan dark chocolate soufflé ($14), traditional crème brûlée ($10) and a bonbonniere of macaroons ($14). Signature cocktails are available as well.

Switch at Encore Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard. South, 702-248-DINE; Open nightly, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

— Kristin Studeman

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