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October 20, 2005

Wynn Closing Art Gallery?

Posted by Hunter

Heard around town, the gallery at Wynn may be closing.

My thoughts? Bad move - the gallery is a semi-unique feature that sets the resort apart. The collection is small but has some pretty amazing works, including 'Le Reve'.

Wynn Closing Gallery?

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October 20, 2005 10:05 AM Posted by detroit1051

Hunter, I agree it's a bad move, but Wynn's gallery can't compete, imo, with Bellagio's. I'm critical of many of the changes MGM Mirage has made to Bellagio, but it was a shrewd move for Bellagio to enter into a deal with Pace Wildenstein Gallery's PaperBall division. The exhibits are high quality but are geared to appeal to high tourist volume, some of whom have never been in an art museum.
Wynn's gallery location seemed a little strange to me, stuck in the middle of the shopping street.

Wynn's gallery seems more like a boutique venue to me

October 20, 2005 10:16 AM Posted by Vegas

Where are you heaing that from?

October 21, 2005 11:15 AM Posted by detroit1051

Las Vegas Sun columnist Tom Gorman has more on the potential closing of the Wynn Gallery. He reports that the expansion of the VIP lobby in the Suite Tower registration area requires the space occupied by the Watch Co.

To read the column:

October 21, 2005 3:44 PM Posted by charlie

The gallery is not closing, simply moving. For the relative bargain entry fee of a $500,000 line of credit, you can enjoy Le Reve from the comfort of your $10,000 a hand Baccarat table.

October 21, 2005 7:48 PM Posted by Mike E

charlie, where did you hear that? That's very clever of Wynn to get the upper hand in the high limit department, especially since Mirage and Bellagio's new rooms now compare favorably to Wynn's.

October 21, 2005 7:59 PM Posted by Hunter

That's what Wynn did while he was building Bellagio - all the art was in the high limit room at The Mirage.

October 21, 2005 9:21 PM Posted by A

Mabye the art will be im Encore.

October 23, 2005 4:30 PM Posted by Mark

I think Steve is better off putting the watch shop where the keno area is instead of the gallery... it's always dead every time I pass by it.

October 23, 2005 5:23 PM Posted by Mike C

True, Keno seems to be dying off on the Strip. MGM has removed it entirely from Luxor, and last I checked there's still a big empty desk where the keno used to be.

I think it would be a shame to close the whole gallery for a watch shop. Couldn't they bring in some construction and re-work the area so that the gallery doesn't empty out into a shop, and use the space of the gallery's shop for the watches? From my look in there, the gallery's merchandise shop isn't doing so hot for business. But during my visit on a Tuesday afternoon it was quite busy.

Plus, it doesn't seem proper that Wynn spends as much as he does to have these pieces moved in, protected (these things are so valuable and rare that you want a state of the art alarm system, of course) and so on to have them hustled out to a baccarat room.

October 27, 2005 6:56 PM Posted by MARLYMARR

I think he is just gonna move it to a new spot or build a new space for it. The publicity about it though can only be good for his property i would think.

October 30, 2005 8:48 PM Posted by josh

Even though I thought Wynnn was his best resort yet, I thought that it seemed somewhat crowded. Steve could have made the space seem larger, more imposing as with the Esplanade. Do you think the golf course posed a problem? Maybe it kept him from making the public areas larger. I think that is a big mistake.
I love the public areas, the Gallery..though it is is actually considered on the resort's attractions and to remove it for a watch shop..seems sad.
I hope Encore will feature 2 story shopping and dining to open up more spaces. Do you think it will be luxurious than Wynn?

October 30, 2005 8:56 PM Posted by Hunter

The stated purpose of Encore is to provide an even higher end product than the standard rooms at Wynn.

Personally, I really like the more intimate feeling public spaces at Wynn Las Vegas. The golf course clearly impacted the design of the resort but I think arguing that it resulted in too much compromise is putting too much stock in that concept.

Since the Encore site is relatively small, they will be forced to go more vertical than with the main hotel site.

November 10, 2005 7:01 PM Posted by ViperX

Add Gizmos (the electronics store) to the list of shops going away. It will be closing some time in the next few months for an expansion of the VIP check-in area...Most likely a bar/lounge area. However, it is likely that Gizmos will return in Encore. Also, (the pen/sunglass store) will likely be moving into the Art Gallery store when it closes and will become a men's accessory store.

Speaking of the Art Gallery, it's closing has been postponed until early 2006 (most likely February).

The Keno parlor is becoming a women's accessory store. No timeline has been released for that yet.