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Motel Vegas
Motel Vegas

Motel Vegas

By Fred Sigman, Contributions by Scott Dickensheets, Prologue by James Stanford, Foreword by Alan Hess, Afterword by Robert Stoldal

PHOTOGRAPHY

188 Pages, 10.0 x 8.0

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $29.99 (US $29.99) (CA $39.99)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9780977880683

Rights: WOR

Smallworks Press (May 2019)

Price: $29.99
 
 

Overview

Art historian and photographer Fred Sigman documents the art and history of Las Vegas motels and classic neon signage that contributed to the drive for preservation and restoration during the mid-90s. Motel Vegas provides a nostalgic look into the ever-evolving landscape that is classic Las Vegas. As the boom in building casinos moved to the southern end of the Strip, some of the classic motels from the 50's and 60's near downtown and Fremont Street have been able to survive in relative obscurity. Sigman's photographs provide insight on how the economic prosperity of Las Vegas fueled the drive for tourism, while forcing change for others. Based on previous exhibition held at the OKHarris Gallery and Smallworks Gallery. Over 75 large format photos from the most historic motel locations in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. Foreword by award winning architect and author Alan Hess.

Reviews

"A mixture of pragmatism and low-budget glamour is celebrated in Motel Vegas, a photographic homage to Las Vegas's once-thriving but now fast-disappearing motel culture. The book is primarily comprised of Sigman's photographs, which have been nicely juxtaposed with archive shots." —Pamela Buxton, RIBA Journal

Author Biography

Fred Sigman is an art historian, photographer, and globetrotter. Sigman holds a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He has taught art history throughout the southwest and has exhibited his work throughout the United States, including New York, Palm Beach, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Albuquerque. Internationally, he has exhibited in Sweden and Mexico.Scott Dickensheets is the editor of Las Vegas CityLife and CityLife Books. For nearly eight years, he served as editor for Las Vegas Weekly. Prior to that, he was a writer for the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Life Magazine. Throughout his career, he has written for Playboy, Esquire, and Desert Companion. Among the topics he has written about are the MGM fire, murder, Andre Agassi, and the funny side of death. American artist James Stanford's diverse practice includes photography, digital illustration, painting, and drawing. Stanford earned his M.F.A. from the University of Washington (UW) and B.F.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Dedicated to creativity and the fine arts, he is an independent book publisher heading Smallworks Press, which specializes in art and culture publications. Stanford has taught at UW and UNLV, established the Smallworks Gallery, and curated exhibitions at various venues, including the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Today, Stanford is well known for his edition series Indra's Jewels, a group of digitally reinvented mosaics of contemplative patterns. Architect and historian Alan Hess is the architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News. He has written nineteen books on modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century. He has written monographs on architects Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, and John Lautner, as well as architectural histories of Las Vegas and Palm Springs. Hess is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the United States' largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s. He was a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism and has received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to research the work of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. He has an M.Arch degree from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UCLA.Bob Stoldal is an icon in Nevada television news. He most recently retired as News Director of KSNV News 3 in Las Vegas. In 1998, Stoldal launched Las Vegas ONE, a 24-hour local news television operation, owned by Cox Cable, KLAS and the Las Vegas Sun. Stoldal became Vice President of News for KLAS, and in 2009, he became Vice President of News for the Sunbelt Corporation overseeing the news operations in the television company's stations in Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Montana. Stoldal is a Chairman of the Board for the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society and the City of Las Vegas Historical Preservation Commission. He also sits on the Board of Preserve Nevada and the Nevada State Commission on Cultural Affairs.