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New painting commissioned by Steve Wynn to be unveiled at Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic

November 19, 2010 |  5:02 pm

Cleveland The Frank Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas is about to get a new tenant -- a new large-scale painting by Pop artist James Rosenquist that was commissioned by Steve Wynn.

The painting is entitled “Cervello Spazio Cosmico,” which means “outer brain space” in Italian. The oil-on-canvas painting stands 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide, and will be displayed in the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. Officials are expected to unveil the painting on Saturday at a gathering of donors and other VIP's.

Rosenquist is one of the key artists of the Pop-art movement. His career spans nearly 50 years, and his work has been featured at top museums around the world.

Wynn may want to consider keeping his elbows away from the new Rosenquist painting. In 2006, the casino mogul accidently damaged one of his own Picasso paintings, "Le Rêve," when his elbow passed through the masterpiece.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opened earlier this year and is Gehry's first building in Las Vegas. (Times architect critic Christopher Hawthorne wrote a review of the building just before it opened.)

-- David Ng

Photo: The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / For The Times


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