Aspen, the image of the premier US ski town and home to the X-Games is hard to avoid. Summers, however, have been the hidden gem of this “just West of the Continental Divide” get-away. From cycling to glamour, Aspen is the summer destination for all flocking from monsoons and coastal humidity.
And it resonates with Americans and the International Jet-set of course. This summer, during the last week of July and the first two weeks of August, Aspen opens a highly anticipated new museum building. The architect of the hour is Shigeru Ban, who equally welcomes the building as his first museum. The festivities around the opening entail Art Crush, a venerable elite gathering from mostly Californians and New Yorkers who love the town. While some may not understand how fine art gets a following, Art Crush defines Colorado’s ultimate collector objectives. World collectors attend and support the festivities – and ultimately the Aspen Art Museum.
While the Aspen Food and Wine Festival carries the flag for summer crowd pleasers, the “Art Weekend” in Aspen is put in focus by ArtAspen. Promoted by the original organizers of ArtHamptons, the 5th running of Art Aspen takes on a unique calling. ArtAspen features top US and international galleries representing contemporary masters to cherished periods like neo-expressionism, cubism and modernism. The West is not forgotten – as Forre & Co, GALLERY M and Robischon galleries represent Colorado strongly. But this is far from a Western street art fair. The show is actually focused this year on The America West in Contemporary Art from 2 to 3 PM on Friday, August 1st. Be prepared to explore, collect and learn from the group of extremely versed galleries, visiting curators, select films, and benefits that coincide with this year’s ArtAspen.