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Art Aspen, which took place at the Aspen Ice Garden August 3-6, welcomed 6,000 attendees and received rave reviews from galleries, artists, curators and partners. The three-day fair with an Opening Night Preview to benefit Americans for the Arts, provided an intimate setting for collectors and art patrons to view unique works of art. Nearly 30 of the nation’s top galleries displayed the very best in modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media, by renowned and up and coming artists. Art Aspen kicked off its festivities with an Opening Night Preview to benefit Americans for Arts that drew 500 attendees on Thursday, August 3rd.
Americans for the Arts is strongly committed to fighting recently proposed federal budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an organization that makes our nation’s economy and communities better. This exclusive, must-attend preview has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in Aspen, and offered hundreds of attendees the opportunity to be the first to explore and acquire artwork from contemporary and modern art galleries throughout the country.
“Americans for the Arts was honored to have been part of Art Aspen. It was a vibrant and engaging fair and we are grateful to have been able to reach such an enthusiastic arts audience with our advocacy message to support the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. In addition to the new partnership with Americans for the Arts, attendees enjoyed special events and lectures at Art Aspen. The Fair featured an exciting line-up of programming and lectures by leading artists, curators, galleries, collectors and interior designers.
“Like the town it’s named after, Art Aspen has a relaxed and intimate personality. The pace at the show is leisurely, no frenetic crowds throng the hall. Instead, dealers have the opportunity to meet and converse at length with qualified potential clients. We left the show with a number of exciting new contacts and enough sales to say it was a rewarding experience.” – Douglas Heller, Heller Gallery
“Nancy Hoffman Gallery was happy to return to the Aspen fair under new direction. Those who attended were there with a purpose to look and to buy.” – Nancy Hoffman, Nancy Hoffman Gallery
“Art Aspen’s boutique atmosphere provides a very exclusive and intimate experience for both dealers and collectors. It allows us to engage with those we know and those we are able to work with in the future. The Aspen fair is a highlight of our yearly travels and we always come away from it with renewed vigor.” – Duane Reed, Duane Reed Gallery
“We again had a wonderful experience in Aspen. Spending time with collectors who have made acquisitions from us over the years, who have become friends and meeting new art patrons. We had a very satisfying fair selling out all works by light artist Mads Christensen, and placing David Hockney, Louise Nevelson, Udo Noger, Pancho Luna, Shana Mabari, and Eric Fischl.” – Tim Yarger, Timothy Yarger Fine Art
“Art Aspen was a wonderful boutique art fair with an eclectic group of dealers that makes the fair well rounded. Although the attendance was on the soft side the quality of attendees was extremely high. We sold a variety of works ranging from Abstract Expressionist paintings to Formento & Formento contemporary photographs.” – Vincent Vallarino, Vincent Vallarino Fine Art
Art Aspen is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Palm Springs, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago and FORM Miami. All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media.
About Urban Expositions
Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events. Urban serves seven industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.
About Clarion Events
Clarion Events can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now delivers more than 200 events in over 20 countries.