Abandoned Vegas bus station is now the site of art exhibition

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Bortolami's "Artist/City" initiative, presented at a former Greyhound station in downtown Las Vegas, includes works by Koichi Sato, Susumu Kamijo and Jonas Wood.
Bortolami's "Artist/City" initiative, presented at a former Greyhound station in downtown Las Vegas, includes works by Koichi Sato, Susumu Kamijo and Jonas Wood. Photo Credit: Guang Xu/artists/Bortolami Gallery, New York

The latest edition of the Bortolami Gallery's "Artist/City" initiative is displayed in a former Greyhound bus terminal next to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas through Feb. 26.

The Artist/City initiative pairs artists with unconventional urban spaces. The Bortolami Gallery, located in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, has presented eight iterations of the initiative since its launch in 2015. Sites have included an abandoned Taco Bell in St. Louis and the Watergate Office Building in Washington.

"The Artist/City initiative reflects our interest in artistic experimentation outside the ordinary gallery setting," said Stefania Bortolami, who founded the gallery in 2005. "With the ever-changing and fast-paced art market that we navigate today, Artist/City aims for an additional paradigm in exhibition programming, offering site-responsive installations that broader audiences can experience over a longer period of time.

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Features in the Las Vegas presentation are new works from New York-based Japanese painters Koichi Sato and Susumu Kamijo as well as Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wood, all reflecting their experiences of "Americana."

Sato, a self-taught artist known for his vibrant and cartoonlike figures, completed portraits of individuals and groups representing characters and identities in American culture. Kamijo, who explores animals' physical and behavioral peculiarities in his art, presents abstract canvases of poodles.

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