Staff | August 8, 2017 | Culture
ArtCrush, Art Aspen and Anderson Ranch’s Annual Art Auction all took place last week setting Aspen ablaze in art-world heat.
The Aspen Art Museum’s annual fundraiser, ArtCrush, takes place the first week in August and is a multi-night art-world juggernaut culminating in a live auction dinner party held in a tent at Buttermilk. This year’s ArtCrush raised a net of $2.8 million, $450,000 of which was for work by the event’s honored artist, Lawrence Weiner.
Men in suits and women in colorful frocks sipped Dom Perignon during the silent-auction-cocktail portion of the evening, followed by surf-and-turf for supper. It was quite a sight with the “who’s who” of the art world and Aspen there to party: Robert Casterline, Jordan Goodman, Michael Kaplan, Susan Crown, Richard Edwards, Adam Weinberg, Nancy and Bob Magoon, Friedrich Petzel, Thomas Struth, Mish Tworkowski and Joseph Singer, the list goes on.
Either coincidentally or strategically, other like-minded organizations scheduled happenings during the same week, taking advantage of the buzz, foot traffic and eyeballs. As has happened in years past, coming to Aspen for ArtCrush 2017 meant you were also in town for Art Aspen, a contemporary art fair featuring galleries from around the country, as well as Anderson Ranch’s big art auction and picnic. This meant that for many, they spent Thursday even running from PreviewCrush at the Baldwin Gallery, to PreviewExtra at Casterline Goodman, to the Aspen Ice Garden, where Aspen Peak hosted the vernissage for Art Aspen. Can you keep up?
Will there be a tipping point where “the first week in August” becomes its own calendar event attracting not just gallerists and collectors to Aspen, but art tourists and brands eager for the association as well à la Art Basel Miami Beach? Stranger things have happened.
BFA.com / Owen Kolasinksi & Aria Isadora