Las Vegas' Street Art Haven Is In The Palm Casino's New Restaurant
Palms Casino in Las Vegas is quickly becoming an art lover’s heaven with its flamboyant display of iconic artworks from artists across various spectrums. Recently, a new restaurant dedicated to street art called Greene St. Kitchen will soon open in April 2019.
When entering Greene St Kitchen, one would walk through a corridor lined with blinking arcade games and a door shaped like an unassuming vending machine. Once entering from the door, one can find an anonymous Banksy piece placed above a DJ booth. The work titled Coppers Panel I (2002) displays two fully armed police officers with bright smiley faces, a sharp contrast against the display of violence.
Although this is the first Banksy installation for the city and is from the private collection of casino-resort owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. Displayed around the Palms hotel, one can see a collection of artworks from Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Dustin Yellin. While dining inside Greene St kitchen, one can spot a Kenny Scharf mural and other pieces by Cleon Peterson, Vhils, Pose, Martha Cooper, DabsMyla, Slick, and additional contemporary artists
Behind the reception desk, a collaborative work by photographer Keegan Gibbs and light artist Olivia Steele can be found near Gibb’s distinctive skyscrapers and Steele’s bright neon lights. Scotch 80 Prime, the hotel’s steakhouse, harbors a KAWS statue between Warhol and Basquiat creations. Apex Social Club has Justin Yellin’s Psychogeographies series.
Palm’s creative director Tal Cooperman has been aiming to bring modern art to the public in surprising ways:
“People only talk about doing stuff like this,” he said “but we’re actually doing it. We’re bringing a modern art gallery to life in spaces that people least expect it.”