Artists Henrique Oliviera, former Juxtapoz cover artist Ugo Rondinone and Mia Pearlman were recently featured in a new artist video series that MGM Resorts debuted at their MGM Lounge during Art Basel in Basel. As an Associate Partner of Art Basel, the program presented short behind-the-scenes video interviews with artists, discussing the process of creating their works, some of which were commissioned for the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection.

MGM Resorts Art & Culture was established in 2016 to cover all of the MGM Resorts’ collections, as well as launch a series of varied art-related initiatives and partnerships. The short-film series highlights MGM Resorts’ longtime commitment to creating cultural experiences by presenting public art in the communities where it operates. The works presented at Art Basel include our November 2016 cover story, Ugo Rondinone's Seven Magic Mountains, installed in the Las Vegas desert; Mia Pearlman's The Flying Tidings Whirled (video below), a largescale, site-specific installation made of powder-coated, waterjet-cut aluminum for MGM Springfield; and Henrique Oliveira’s dramatic arboreal sculpture in the lobby entrance of their newest destination, Park MGM, in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Created from scavenged and weathered wood from Brazil and found around the location, the installation mimics a large root of a tree seen from underground, reminding the visitors of the existing nature around Las Vegas. The new hotel will also feature works by such names such as Shoja Azari and Sharam Karimi, David Hockney, and Guy Yanai. —Sasha Bogojev

MGM Art & Culture - Mia Pearlman - THE FLYING TIDINGS WHIRLED from Mia Pearlman on Vimeo

Video shot by Alina Landry Rancier