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ArtCrush (August 3-5), presented by Sotheby’s to benefit the Aspen Art Museum, might just be the most wonderful time of the year thanks to three days of fantastic programming, including the WineCrush party on August 3, a preview night on August 4, and the gala event at Aspen Art Museum on August 5.
Gabriela Palmieri, Chairman, Contemporary Art at Sotheby's.
Aspen Peak spoke with five Sotheby’s experts on why they love Aspen, how the art scene continues to heat up, and what to do when you’re in town for ArtCrush.
Oliver Barker, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe
Lisa Dennison, Chairman, Sotheby’s Americas: The new Aspen Art Museum which combines both world-class programming for a global audience along with support for local artists has done so much for Aspen’s reputation as an art-world center, and has really put the town on the map.
Oliver Barker, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe: Aspen is the perfect combination of a diverse community of collectors who are all engaged in the great passion of collecting. In this respect, Aspen offers the ideal location to enjoy the discourse around art whilst also enjoying the unique beauty of the area and its world class museum.
Gabriela Palmieri, Chairman, Contemporary Art: For any aesthete, one is hard pressed to find a more stunning setting and the year-round cultural calendar here with institutions such as the impressive exhibition calendar at the Aspen Art Museum, the artist workshops at Anderson Ranch and the local galleries and exciting pop ups make this a convergence of culture and nature that has no comparison.
Andrea Fiuczynski, Chairman of Regional Offices, Americas: Having come to Aspen in winter and summer for the past 15 years, I have learned that Aspen truly has something for everyone. Not only natural beauty, but with the Aspen Art Museum, Anderson Ranch, the Aspen Institute, the Food & Wine Festival and the Symphony, Aspen provides one of the most culturally rich experiences in the world. The region is a draw for novice art enthusiasts as well as seasoned blue chip collectors.
Lulu Creel, Chairman, Sotheby’s Mexico: Aspen is a piece of art itself! Although collectors are on vacation, they just can’t forget about art so Aspen brings them together with friends to enjoy it.
Andrea Fiuczynski, Chairman of Regional Offices, Americas, at Sotheby's.
LD: The art auction to benefit the museum draws on generosity of the artists who donate such wonderful works as well as the collectors who compete for them so keenly. It is a great event for a great cause, brilliantly staged by the museum and Amy Phelan.
OB: Art Crush is always a highlight of the arts calendar and is the ideal opportunity to connect with world class collectors in a stimulating and breath-taking environment
GP: Every event has a unique identity but I must say every year I cross the doorway into John and Amy Phelan's home at wine crush the excitement to see the new installation and the energy harnessed within the tent, and consummate dance party, I must say it’s a favorite.
AF: For me, the excitement is in the buildup – all of the events that culminate in ArtCrush. The varied events throughout the week provide wonderful opportunities to see works of art, meet artists, and engage with luminaries of the art world. The whole program is energetic and interactive, and capped by a fabulous event where everyone can participate and bid on works of art to support the museum.
LC: I love to witness this great group of people getting together year after year with the same enthusiasm to stand together to support the community through the arts.
Lisa Dennison, Chairman, Sotheby’s Americas.
LD: Hiking! Or a bike ride to Woody Creek or even Basalt (my ambitious ride last year!). Taking in the spectacular views, the bluest sky imaginable and the beautiful wildflowers.
OB: There’s little doubt in mind: road biking. Aspen has some of the best mountain ascents going.
GP: Hiking, hiking, hiking. I would have said biking, but I managed to fall off one at my first Art Crush en route to Woody Creek and avoided one since. (Our bike group was at a stop sign by the way.)
AF: Without question, it’s hiking Maroon Bells or Conundrum with fellow art lovers
LC: All of it! Everything from hiking, biking, eating, and shopping!
Lulu Creel, Chairman, Sotheby’s Mexico.
LD: Aspen is unique in that it is very ecumenical; you have collectors there who serve on the boards of museums in the likes of New York, Chicago, LA, and Dallas, yet still support the museum. The other cultural offerings are also world-class, as is the Aspen Ideas Festival, or Music Festival, which also draw collectors worldwide.
OB: It really is unique. There’s no place on earth where during a focused period of time you have such an amazing diversity of collectors whose approach to collecting are completely unique, and whose passions are strongly complimentary
GP: Truly right up there with the best of the best. The community is tight knit, supportive of their institutions and the caliber of collections here is higher than even the altitude.
AF: Aspen is truly unique. Nowhere else can you find a global group of art influencers, politicians, lifestyle gurus, and tastemakers who are so dedicated to their community. They don’t just come to ski or hike; many have homes in Aspen and are truly engaged in the cultural fabric of the region.
LC: Aspen is Aspen ! There is no place in the world like it… it is so relaxed but at the same time you are with the most sophisticated crowd, every day is a treat.