ArtCrush 2014 and the Opening of the Aspen Art Museum
By PAUL LASTER, AUG, 2014
The Aspen Art Museum kicked off a four-day celebration for it’s new, 33,000-square-foot Shigeru Ban-designed building, which opens to the public on August 9, with its tenth annual ArtCrush Summer Benefit.
Museum directors, curators, collectors and artists got the party started on Wednesday night at WineCrush, the annual reception and dinner for art and wine lovers at the Aspen home of art patrons Amy and John Phelan.
Thursday evening saw preview receptions for the benefit auction lots at Baldwin Gallery and Casterline|Goodman Gallery in Aspen, followed by a dinner for AAM board members and lenders to the inaugural exhibitions at the new Aspen Art Museum.
The ArtCrush reception, dinner and auction—plus the presentation of the Aspen Art Award to Ernesto Neto—took place on Friday night on the grounds of the old museum building and inside a massive, decorated tent in Rio Grande Park, before revelers headed to AfterpartyCrush at Belly Up Aspen, where The Dolls performed.
A ribbon cutting for the new Aspen Art Museum took place on Saturday afternoon, with Shigeru Ban and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper joining AAM director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and board members for the ceremony.
Cai Guo-Qiang’s firework performance Black Lightning, which lit the skies above Aspen Mountain with black smoke, commemorated the event. Later in the day the galleries were opened to members and Shigeru Ban gave a walk-through a special exhibition of his Humanitarian Architecture.
Visitors viewed additional new exhibitions by Tomma Abts, Rosemarie Trockel, Jim Hodges, Cai Guo-Qiang and a show that paired works by David Hammons with Yves Klein, and then proceeded to the roof deck to enjoy refreshments while soaking up the amazing views of Aspen and its all-encompassing nature.
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com and art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started TheDailyBeast.com's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for Artnet.com and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and ArtInfo.com.view all articles from this author