The shutdown of the Las Vegas Art Museum four years ago this month was a blow to the valley’s cultural life. Yes, it was a set of galleries attached to a library rather than a freestanding museum-museum; yes, it was way the hell out on West Sahara, where tourists or east valley residents rarely bothered; yes, it had an up-and-down history. But it was also — especially in its last years — a vital beachhead of sophisticated visual art in a city that ought to have more.
Luckily, the best of the organization’s collection migrated to the newly refurbished Barrick Museum at UNLV. New Again is the second selection of those pieces, plus new acquisitions, following the well-received Into the Light. The emphasis this time is on the wide variety in the collection, from minimalist sculpture to abstract painting and beyond. Through May 5, Barrick Museum, UNLV, barrickmuseum.unlv.edu