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Elton John Lyricist Shows Off Art at ArtAspen

bernie taupin artistSource: Aspen Public Radio | August 18, 2015
The man behind Elton John’s pipes and odd lyrical flare is still very much active, but now instead of being behind the scenes, he is putting his work on stage. A collection of his work hung in the Aspen Ice Garden this past weekend as one of the first set of works visitors saw when they came to ArtAspen.

Bernie Taupin, the lyricist and part of the songwriting duo that scored so many hits is now a modern artist, using paint, wood, wax and even bubble wrap to create large pieces of work that have been selling for thousands of dollars. (more…)

Aspen, A Seasonal Home to 50 Billionaires

Tibor Stankoczy: Invitation in White ((oil on canvas, London, 2009, 35.8 in x 47.8 in)
Tibor Stankoczy: Invitation in White ((oil on canvas, London, 2009, 35.8 in x 47.8 in)

Source: Codylee | August 18, 2015
The Seattle Art Fair took the headlines last week with a successful first edition. The inaugural fair boasted Gagosian, Pace, and David Zwirner among more than 60 galleries, but now the art crowd are leaving the rain for the Rockies. ArtAspen returns for its sixth edition this year from August 13 to 16.

ArtAspen launched in 2010 and has remained small, with about 2,500 visitors and 30 exhibitors. It was the only notable art fair in August until Seattle launched this year. There are no Gagosians on its roster, but ArtAspen is established with American galleries representing post-war and contemporary art. (more…)

High-Profile Art Galleries Come to Aspen

The Casterline Goodman Gallery in Aspen is asking $260,000 for Alex Katz’s 1968 ‘Impala (Study).’ Photo: Casterline Goodman Gallery

Source: The Wall Street Journal | March 27, 2015
Ten years ago, the notion of a blue-chip New York contemporary-art gallery opening an outpost in Aspen, Colo., would have encountered blank stares. But after the rebuilding of the Aspen Art Museum and the opening of some new art galleries and “pop-ups” in the past few years, the arrival of the Marianne Boesky Gallery in the posh mountain enclave is hardly surprising. (more…)

6th Annual ArtAspen Offers Access to Nation’s Elite Collectors

artaspenPress Release | March 25, 2015

2015 Opening Night Preview to Benefit
the Prestigious Paepcke Gallery of the Aspen Institute

ArtAspen, the elegantly staged boutique fair in one of America’s elite zip codes, returns to the Aspen Ice Garden for its 6th annual edition. The August 13 Opening Night Preview is Aspen Peak’s Sneak Peak, and benefits the popular Paepcke Gallery of the internationally acclaimed Aspen Institute. Walter Paepcke was the noted founder of the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Skiing Company in the early 1950’s, which helped transform the town of Aspen into the international resort destination it is today. (more…)

Boutique Summer Fair Provides Ideal Opportunity to Meet Renowned Arts Philanthropists

Art AspenPress Release | Jan 16, 2015
Over 600 Art World Influencers Expected Opening Night

ArtAspen, the nation’s most exclusively staged boutique fair, returns to the Aspen Ice Garden for the sixth edition in 2015. Partnering with the popular Aspen Peak Magazine, the July 30 Opening Night Preview is expected to generate over 600 of Aspen’s most elite art collectors.

Over the past five years ArtAspen has established itself as one of the season’s most notable arts and cultural events, annually attracting museum board members, top curators, collectors and art world influencers. (more…)

ArtAspen Utterly Transforms Ice Rink

ArtAspenSource: Modern Luxury Aspen | August 9, 2013
An ice rink and a contemporary art fair seemingly make for unlikely bed fellows, but with ArtAspen utterly transforming the Aspen Ice Garden into a veritable showcase of world-class art for the fourth straight year, doubters can naysay no more.

The weekend of events, ran Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4, and showcased 1,000 important, contemporary and post-war art works by 200 respected artists, presented by more than 25 prominent galleries across the country (and even a few from around the world), totaling more than 50 million in art. The show will featured works starting as low as $2,000 into the millions. (more…)

Aspen Fair Paints Town with Renowned Artists

aspennewsSource: Aspen Times | August 2, 2013
As Robert and Linda Schmier slowly took in the art displayed at ArtAspen by the Madison Gallery from La Jolla, California, their concentration was apparent. Both looked, stepped back and tried to appreciate the art from different perspectives and angles.

The Florida couple has attended all four ArtAspen shows and times an annual visit to Aspen around the local art schedule.

“There are some quality galleries here (at ArtAspen) that brought some real nice work,” Robert Schmier said. “ArtAspen brings different artists and galleries every year. For us, being from Florida, it’s great to see some of the Western galleries.” (more…)

On Deck: artCRUSH & ArtAspen

Soile Yli-Mäyry, Asphalt Pearl, 2013, Oil on canvas, 45x55 inches
Soile Yli-Mäyry, Asphalt Pearl, 2013, Oil on canvas, 45×55 inches
Source: AspenPeak Magazine | Aug 1, 2013
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. (more…)

America’s Ultimate Boutique Fair Returns to Aspen

aspeneyesSource: The Aspen Business Journal | July 25, 2013
ArtAspen — the only contemporary art fair in America during the month of August — returns the weekend of Aug. 1-4.

Held at the Aspen Ice Garden, located at 223 West Hyman Avenue at the corner of First Street, “America’s ultimate boutique fair,” as it is billed, showcases more than one thousand contemporary and post-war art works by 200 artists, presented by more than 25 prominent galleries. (more…)

Collectors, Dealers and Artists Head to Aspen

collectorsdealersSource: | July 24, 2013
The first weekend in August in Aspen has become synonymous with art. It’s when the Aspen Art Museum’s annual gala, artCrush, returns to town followed by the ArtAspen fair. Major collectors, artists, curators and business leaders from around the country visit for the weekend’s events.

The Aspen Art Museum festivities start on Wednesday, July 31, with WineCrush, held in the home of John and Amy Phelan. Guests will sip wines by Tenuta di Biserno and sample wine and food pairings by master sommelier Jay Fletcher. (more…)

3rd Annual Art Aspen Preview Party

Source: Glasstire | Aug. 13 2012
3rd annual Art Aspen preview partyAfter visiting James Surls and two outdoor fairs (one local and one commercially organized) in part 1, it was time to hit the big wig affair at the Aspen Ice Garden — the third annual Art Aspen preview party. Organized by the Hamptons Expo Group (which also does ArtHamptons and the new Houston Fine Art Fair), the proceeds for the preview party benefited Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, where we visited earlier that day and saw a talk by Rashid Johnson. (more…)

Aspen Peak Partners with ArtAspen

Source: Aspen Peak Magazine | Aug. 15 2012
The Aspen Art ShowAspen Peak partnered with ArtAspen to host the hottest art ticket of summer at the Aspen Ice Garden on August 4, 2012. With 30 international galleries showcasing more than 1,000 pieces of high-end contemporary art, the event was an art lover’s dream. Guests took private tours led by five world-renowned artists, sipped a signature margarita, and enjoyed custom cupcakes. See the slideshow.

Art Lovers Convened for 2nd Year of ArtAspen

Source: Aspen Peak Magazine | Aug. 16 2012
Art lovers convened in town for the second year of ArtAspen, a three-day boutique art fair by Rick Friedman of the Hamptons Expo Group. Thirty elite dealers and more than 2,000 works of art were featured. Aspen Peak and The Aspen Club & Spa cosponsored the opening night of the fair, which transformed the Aspen Ice Garden into a stunning showroom. Guests enjoyed vegetarian fare by chef Randy Placeres of NuTrition. See the slideshow.

30 Elite National Art Dealers Set-Up Shop in the Aspen Ice Garden

Source: Aspen Daily News Online | Aug. 5th 2011
In what seems like a rather unlikely pairing, 30 elite art dealers from around the country are setting up shop in the Aspen Ice Garden this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 6, through Monday, Aug. 8, for the second annual ArtAspen art fair.

But the transformation of the space would certainly surprise the ice skaters and hockey players that typically call the Ice Garden home. The temporary walls and carpeting — along with the 2,000 pieces of art valued at more than $100 million — render the ice rink nearly unrecognizable, as top artists, art collectors, curators, gallery owners and patrons prepare to converge on the venue. (more…)

ArtAspen: In art fairs, Size matters – but bigger doesn’t mean better

Source: The Aspen Times | Aug. 6th 2011
Aspen Colorado Art ShowASPEN — Among the issues a visual artist needs to consider is scale — the size of a piece, how it fits into its surroundings, its physical presence and mass.

For the producer of an art fair, scale might be the paramount issue.

“The fairs, the big fairs with hundreds of galleries represented, are imploding under their own weight. The viewer can’t get their minds around it all. It’s overwhelming,” Rick Friedman, who has been in the business of producing art fairs in the U.S. for the past four years, said. Regarding Art Basel Miami Beach, the monster fair whose main event, in the Miami Convention Center, has spawned 20-some additional satellite fairs, Friedman said, “It’s become like a spectacle. It can be a 45-minute drive from one event to the next. It’s too much.” (more…)