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.
A “boutique” fair far from the coasts would be a hard sale any other place, but Aspen isn’t any other place. The posh mountain town is a seasonal home to at least 50 billionaires, and its little airport accommodates a private jet every six minutes during ski season. ArtAspen attracts major local collectors and jet setters who brave the altitude for cultural offerings.
The fair opens for a VIP preview on Thursday evening, and will be open to the public from Friday through Sunday. ArtAspen also includes a program of lectures and tours, and fundraising events that will benefit the Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Education Foundation, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass.
Our picks include for the fair include:
Yares Art Projects (Santa Fe), with works by Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, and Manuel Neri;
Soho Gallery (Beverly Hills), with works by Tibor Stankoczy and Irina Daylene;
redM (New York), with works by Pietro Antonio Narducci;
and Gallery M (Denver), with works by Allen Birnbach, Howard Schatz, and Peter Tunney.
View a complete list of exhibitors: ArtAspen
There’s more in Aspen before ski season. The Aspen Art Museum has just indulged its favorite patrons with ArtCrush, the annual event in which hundreds of art world people indulge in a three-day schedule of art and wine, art and champagne, and hiking (it is Colorado). The museum also happens to have a serious exhibitions schedule and a new building designed by Shigeru Ban. Aspen has dozens of art galleries, increasingly contemporary and international, and the WSJ can’t resist comparing it to St. Moritz. Calm down, WSJ.