The Art World

Changing the Paintings As Fast as the Sheets

Oh, how they laughed when STEVE WYNN brought Picasso and Matisse to his casino in Las Vegas. Was the guy nuts? High art in the high desert? But when Wynn, the chairman of Mirage Resorts Inc., rolls the dice, he usually wins. His tiny two-room gallery at the Bellagio hotel has lured more than 100,000 people since its opening in late October. In the past month, more than 2,000 people a day have been anteing up $10 each to see Wynn's collection of 20 paintings, from Degas to Picasso. Wynn has also made his presence felt as an art dealer. Since...

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