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Exhibit features Grateful Dead art

Display tied to band’s residency at Sphere in Las Vegas

By Taylor Lane, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Published: May 23, 2024, 5:58am
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Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Photo Gallery

LAS VEGAS — A Strip art gallery is hosting an art and photography exhibit later this month that looks back at the work of Grateful Dead artists, coinciding with the band’s residency at the Sphere.

“Visions of the Dead: A Grateful Dead Art and Photography Exhibition,” which includes photos, original sketches, paintings and limited edition graphics from the band’s history, is on display at the Animazing Gallery, located at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.

Work from band member Mickey Hart; psychedelic rock artist Stanley Mouse, who created the band’s skeleton and rose image; and Jay Blakesberg, a longtime photographer of the band, will be on display. Photography from founding band member Bobby Weir’s daughter, Chloe Weir, will also be showcased.

The exhibit is set to run through July 14, with Chloe Weir, Jay Blakesberg and Stanley Mouse making an appearance at the gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 1.

Nick Leone, owner of Animazing Galley, said art from the band’s most recognizable artists will be on display in one place for the first time ever.

“Their art and photography are responsible for many iconic images synonymous with Grateful Dead,” Leone said in a news release. “They have captured and created memorable moments that have defined this pop culture zeitgeist, and pioneered new forms of artistic expression.”

The Dead is booked at the Sphere for 24 shows running to July 13.