Art Aspen SELECTS

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Offering Art Aspen 2017 patrons and collectors new ways to navigate the extraordinary artwork at the show, Art Aspen SELECTS highlights pieces chosen by noted curators, designers, and critics. Vice President Donna Davies has tapped top professionals in the art and design communities to review the fair and make their picks, which will also be noted at the fair and accessible online for easy reference. “We’re adding these selections to give our audience another opportunity to connect with the artwork,” said Davies. “Seeing what pieces each of these curators, designers, and critics have noted gives our visitors opportunities to further engage with artworks at the fair.”


SELECTS 2017 participants to date include:

Sarah Arison, President, Arison Arts Foundation  
Maria Bell, President/Founder, Vitameatavegamin Productions, Collector  
Debra Browne, Designer, Harrison Browne Interior Design  
Julie Muraco, Chair-Elect and Treasurer, Americans for the Arts  
Suzanne Lovell, Designer, Suzanne Lovell Inc.  
Carolyn Powers, Arts & Arts Education Philanthropist, Collector  

 

 

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Sarah Arison
President, Arison Arts Foundation


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Hernan Bas,
Fredric Snitzer Gallery

“I have always loved Hernan Bas for the vivid colors, rich details and dreamy quality in many of his pieces. The foliage and Roseate Spoonbills in this piece reference his childhood in Florida and immediately attracted me as I remember seeing the same growing up in Miami.”


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James Turrell,
Richard Levy Gallery

“Anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing a James Turrell installation in person knows the awe that it can inspire- the colors and light are ever-changing and mesmerizing. While it might not be realistic for most people to have an installation in their home, this print makes it accessible to have a Turrell and to live with his beautiful shapes and colors.”


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Josepha Gasch-Muche,
Heller Gallery

“Her exploration of materials in this piece is fascinating and engaging. In arranging thousands of shards of glass on the canvas, she created a piece that is constantly changing for the viewer- continuously absorbing and reflecting light in different ways.”

 

 

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Maria Bell
President/Founder, Vitameatavegamin Productions, Collector


Bernard Buffet,
Opera Gallery Aspen

“Long an artist that was in the collections of elderly Europeans, Buffet is having a hipster resurgence with recent shows in New York and an upcoming retrospective. Less kitsch and more pop and this new younger following make the Buffet an interesting buy.”


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Steffan Dam,
Heller Gallery

“These masterfully created glass ‘specimens’ by Steffen Dam possess a timeless quality that is both reminiscent of a Victorian-era cabinet of curiosities as well as Damien Hirst’s ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ I like that the work offers a literal window into another world. I think that the composition would work well in both traditional and contemporary collections. As someone who now spends a lot of time on the ocean, I love how the secrets of the deep seem to be captured in time.”


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Hung Lui,
Nancy Hoffman Gallery

“Hung Liu is a powerful California painter who creates intimate portraits on a grand scale. Her subjects are usually marginalized members of our communities; individuals whose labors impact our daily lives, but who are seldom seen or celebrated by those they serve. This Cotton Hoer image is profoundly moving as it provides a majesty to its subject; portraying her in a heroic, celestial way.”

 

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Debra Browne

Debra Browne
Designer, Harrison Browne Interior Design


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Hung Lui,
Nancy Hoffman Gallery

“The sky is full of promise! Love the question within her eyes, do we really know how valuable each individual is.”


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Diane Burko,
Cindy Lisica Gallery

“Love this piece! Perfect focal piece for a contemporary interior, organic and calm.”

 

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Julie Muraco
Chair-Elect and Treasurer, Americans for the Arts


ASPEN ART: CONNECTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

Benjamin Terry,
Ro2 Art

“The geometric slats and the angled vessel on this piece reminds me of Snowmass Mountain Bike Trail, Valhalla, and the feelings of coming down the mountain:  excitement, danger, the thrill of being airborne.”


Carlo Trost,
Vail International Gallery

“Can you see the fish?,’ the guides ask. This piece reminds me of looking intently into the cool, streaming waters of the Frying Pan River. The refracting colors of rainbow trout lifting to the surface. Magnificent.”


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Hans Hofmann,
Yares Art

“There is nothing like sitting on top of Ute Trail, being in silence, and looking across the valley, witnessing a sunset surrounded by all the colors of the Roaring Fork.”


Edward Dugmore,
Vallarino Fine Art

“Driving on I-70, the majestic cliffs and sweeping vistas of the red rock canyons rising above the Colorado River. We are so blessed to be witness.”

 

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Suzanne Lovell
Designer, Suzanne Lovell Inc.


Troy Abbott,
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

“I am instantly drawn to Troy Abbott’s birdcage construction as it reminds me of my own collection, and my 6 ft black raven bird by Edward Lipski. ‘Welcome to my cage,’ has always been my motto. In the office, we are a team of professionals that take great effort to understand and know our client’s cages. Everyone is an individual and we find this a marvelous opportunity for variety every day.”

 

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Arts & Arts Education Philanthropist, Collector


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Alex Katz,
Richard Levy Gallery

“I love the timeless quality of this Alex Katz “cut-out” multiple. This is a style and approach that the artist has explored since the 1960’s. The scale of this piece gives it a powerful presence and invites a close interaction with each of the figures.”


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James Turrell,
Richard Levy Gallery

“This expansive, meditative work is a perfect example of why James Turrell is one of the world’s leading artists. I like that the scale of this piece encourages immersion and contemplation. It asks the viewer to slow down and center oneself.”


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Hans Hofmann,
Yares Art

“I so appreciate that Art Aspen offers work from various periods of art history. This Hans Hofmann oil on canvas is a beautiful example of the artist’s ability to turn abstraction into landscape. It feels very much to me like a late summer afternoon at Maroon Bells!”


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Zhuang Hong Yi,
Laura Rathe Fine Art

“The complexity of the construction of this work by Zhuang Hong Yi is mesmerizing. One can clearly see the artist’s process in every shape. The undulating gradation in texture and color gives off a powerful aura of calm.”