Las Vegas--Over The Top: Wynn Win?

Opening his $1.6 billion Picasso palace, Steve Wynn bets he can turn Las Vegas into a class act

There it is, on a billboard outside Steve Wynn's Mirage Hotel, on the Las Vegas Strip--the triumph of culture as American spectacle:

COMING SOON Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Cezanne

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Picasso and Matisse

Thus, high in the air, where the names of Frank Sinatra, Henny Youngman and Engelbert Humperdinck once flaunted their charisma above the throngs of tourists, where the mysterioso and much lifted faces of Siegfried and Roy stared down from between the white tigers whose diminutive, fluffy clonelets fill a whole shop on the ground floor of the Mirage, high art has descended on the desert...

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