Art Aspen 2018 Reaches New Peaks With Record-Breaking Turnout


ASPEN, CO – Every summer, the Aspen Ice Garden houses the Art Aspen fair for three consecutive days, bringing in thousands of attendees to appreciate some of the finest works in modern and contemporary art the world has to offer. 30 of the country’s most esteemed art galleries bring in their finest pieces to showcase during the event, including some works that date back to 1950.

A few of this year’s participating galleries include the MARC STRAUS GALLERYHeller GalleryNancy Hoffman GalleryUnix GalleryTimothy Yager Fine Art and ZieherSmith among many others.

This year’s fair was the largest been to date with an attendance increase of over 35% in comparison to previous years, as well as rave reviews from attendees in regards to the overall quality of galleries presenting at this year. Local press outlets such as The Aspen Timesand Aspen Daily News as well as international press outlet, Blouin Artinfo, all published articles on the 2018 Art Aspen show.

On Thursday, July 26th, VIP attendees were able to get an exclusive first look at the participating galleries and experience a private evening with horsd’oeuvres and Entrouage Rose. The opening night provided guests with an extraordinary experience within this dynamic marketplace of art, which included a unique installation at the entrance to the fair by the opening night beneficiary, The Art Base. Other sponsors include our benefactor level sponsor Antolini, and supporting level sponsor, Topo Chico.

Finally, on Sunday July 29th, fair visitors were able to join renowned American painter Marc Dennis for an Artist Walk and Talk. Dennis is known for his hyper-realistic paintings that combine various movements throughout the western art historical era with a modern twist, thus creating thought-provoking and fresh perspectives that intersects, history, nature, politics and pop culture.

This year’s fair also featured Art Aspen’s SELECTS program, which included renowned designers Suzanne Lovell and Robyn Scott, and Executive Director of the Art Base, Genna Moe. Bringing unmatched artistic sensibilities and trend-defying tastes, the three tastemakers have a refined perspective of true fine art and interior design. This highly unique style of curating allows for an experience that’s both novel and precise for the Art Aspen patrons.

Of the SELECTS pieces, one of these artists was Gustavo Diaz, who works specifically with paper. Robyn Scott elaborates her opinion on Diaz’s style, “It takes architecture, the delicacy of line work, and sculpture into a new realm.” As another accomplished visual artist, Lynn McCarty‘s “Changing Perception” made a long-lasting impression on Scott as well. Scott explained, “For me, this piece provokes sensual and graceful movement as abstract forms overlap. “For me, this piece provokes sensual and graceful movement as abstract forms overlap. I love the softness of transparent color and the way the colors pool over each other. A very atmospheric piece.”


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.

For more information about Urban Expositions’ art and design fairs, visit the following websites:
Art Aspen  |  Art Palm Springs  |  SOFA Chicago

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