| August 1, 2013 | Culture
Cindy Lou Wakefield, ArtAspen founder Rick Friedman, and Shari Applebaum (photo: Brett Friel)
Aspen’s first week in August has become synonymous with contemporary art, as global collectors, gallerists, artists, philanthropists, celebrities, and curators descend upon Aspen for two acclaimed art events: artCRUSH and ArtAspen. A snap shot of the eventful weekend reveals town’s cultural side.
Held July 31-Aug. 2, this annual Aspen Art Museum benefit is one of the hottest tickets in the country for contemporary art enthusiasts. The week jumpstarts with the sold-out WineCrush held at the private home of John and Amy Phelan. Up next is the PreviewCrush kick-off event (new this year) held at the Casterline Goodman Gallery (4-7 p.m.), followed by the PreviewCrush at the prestigious Baldwin Gallery (6-8 p.m.), a warm-up to the incredible live auction items showcased at the main event. The weekend culminates with the annual artCRUSH 2013 on Friday, Aug. 2 (6 p.m.), a festive benefit gala that begins with a wine tasting and silent auction, followed by dinner for 350 and a live auction by Sotheby’s. Additionally, the coveted AAM Aspen Award for Art will be awarded to 2013 artist honoree Teresita Fernandez. Fusing wine, art, and attitude, artCRUSH 2013 promises elevated culture. Aspen Art Museum, 590 N. Mill St., 970-925-8050
Now in its fourth year, the annual ArtAspen boutique art fair, held Aug. 1-4, is a must-attend for any art buff, showcasing more than 1000 works of art, 200 artists, and 25 well-known national galleries. Aspen’s Silver Circle Ice Rink is turned into a sleek and chic exhibition space, and starting Thurs., Aug. 1 more than 3,000 attendees are expected throughout the weekend. Festivities begin Thursday night, with the following highlights:
- A Passion for Possession (Aug. 2, 2-3 p.m.). Aspen’s most respected art collectors unveil stories of their most prized art finds, including those elusive deals that got away. Panelists include Mel and Lee Eagle, Ann Cook, and Ann Korologos.
- Peak with a View (Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m.). Aspen Peak will stage an evening of elevated art, a fundraiser for the Aspen Community School’s “I Believe in Art” program. Attendees will experience an interactive artistic tour through the fair, led by some of Aspen’s most respected local artists. Aspen Ice Garden, 233 West Hyman at First Street; 800-211-0640