2016 ArtCrush Summer Benefit Honoring Gabriel Orozco | August 3-5

unnamed-2The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is pleased to announce the twelfth annual edition of its ArtCrush Summer BenefitWednesday, August 3 through Friday, August 5, 2016. Each year, ArtCrush is one of the international contemporary art world’s most important summer events and the AAM’s most vital annual fundraiser. More than 650 of the world’s most distinguished and influential art collectors, artists, gallerists, museum professionals, and business leaders gather in Aspen to help provide a significant portion of the funding for the museum’s year-round curatorial and educational programming.

Chaired by longtime AAM supporter and National Council member Amy Phelan and presented by perennial ArtCrush sponsor Sotheby’s, ArtCrush’s four scheduled events include WineCrushPreviewCrush, and ArtCrush/AfterpartyCrush.

A major highlight of the main ArtCrush event is the annual presentation of the Aspen Award for Art. The 2016 award will go to critically acclaimed Mexican contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco, whose solo exhibition of new work at the AAM is curated by AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman and will debut on July 29. It will remain on view through December 18, 2016. Past AAM Aspen Award for Art honorees include Lorna Simpson (2015), Ernesto Neto (2014), Teresita Fernández (2013), Tom Sachs (2012), Roni Horn (2011), Marilyn Minter (2010), Fred Tomaselli (2009), Ed Ruscha (2008), Jim Hodges (2007), Tony Feher (2006), and Richard Tuttle (2005).

Each year, ArtCrush begins with the signature WineCrush evening event generously hosted by Amy and John Phelan at their Aspen home, and showcasing the couple’s dynamic and important contemporary art collection (Wednesday, August 3). It is followed by the annual PreviewCrush cocktail reception at Aspen’sBaldwin Gallery—hosted by gallery owner Richard Edwards—and PreviewExtra at Aspen’s Casterline|Goodman Gallery (Thursday, August 4). Both PreviewCrush and PreviewExtra events offer guests a unique opportunity to view a wide selection of the rare, singular, and sought-after artworks included in the following evening’s ArtCrush silent and live auctions.

The main ArtCrush 2016 event will be held on Friday, August 5, at AAM longtime community business partner Aspen Skiing Company’s iconic Buttermilk ski area—perhaps best known as the marquis location for the annual ESPN Winter X Games. In addition to the presentation of the Aspen Award for Art to Gabriel Orozco, it will feature a seated dinner and the event’s signature silent and live art auctions, with works donated by some of the international contemporary art world’s most important gallerists and artists. For the fifth consecutive year, Oliver BarkerSotheby’s Senior International Specialist, Contemporary Art and Chairman, Europe, will conduct the evening’s main-stage live auction grande finale. The main event will be followed by live entertainment and a dance party at AfterPartyCrush at Belly Up Aspen.

2016’s list of distinguished guests is scheduled to include Eleanore and Domenico De SoleStefan Edlis and Gael NeesonGabriela and Ramiro GarzaToby Devan LewisNancy and Robert MagoonSusan and Larry Marx, Amy and John PhelanJune and Paul SchorrGayle and Paul Stoffeland others.

For more information about ArtCrush, please visit https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/artcrush

2016 Aspen Award for Art Honoree Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco (b.1962, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico) resists the confinement of a single artistic medium, blurring the boundary between art and the everyday through inventive and often playful explorations of complex geometry, mapping, and anatomy.  Orozco lives and works in New York, Paris, and Mexico City. His most recent exhibitions include Gabriel Orozco – Inner Circles, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo MOT, Japan (2015); Natural Motion, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2013) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2014); and, Thinking in Circles, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013). A retrospective of his work took place beginning at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and traveled to the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, as well as the Tate Modern, London (2009–11). Important solo exhibitions have taken place at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2012), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013) the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico (2007), the Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2004), the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico (2000), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2000), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1999), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (1994), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1993).


Lynda Benglis

April 22–October 30, 2016

Renowned artist Lynda Benglis grew up surrounded by lakes, rivers, and marshes in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has long felt a deep connection to water. Working across diverse materials—both traditional (wax, bronze, and clay) and nontraditional (latex, rubber, and polyurethane foam)—Benglis has explored the form of the fountain since 1984. Her AAM exhibition consists of a series of working water fountains presented outdoors in the Roof Deck Sculpture Garden. Evoking material in action, the fountains reveal the natural connection between the human form and the motion of water.

Alan Shields

June 24–October 2, 2016

Moving easily between the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture, artist Alan Shields (1944–2005) exemplified a deep consideration of material and col­or throughout his artistic practice. Interested in opening up a broader context in which art could be experienced, Shields created objects that hang freely in space and are experienced in relation to the movement of the human body. His brightly colored, layered works illustrate his belief in a direct connection between art and life, revealing a multifaceted practice that merges the sculptural, the painterly, and the theatrical.

The Revolution Will Not Be Gray

July 1–October 16, 2016

The Revolution Will Not Be Gray presents a selection of works that look both backward and forward at the shifting terrain of revo­lution, protest, and gestures of refusal. Ex­amining the impetus to observe the world in strictly black-and-white terms, the exhibi­tion takes up the position of the color gray, occupying the blurred space between hope and despair, as well as what was and what might be. Revealing an intricate set of histories, politics, and identities, the artists in the exhibition remind us of the inherent power in the human voice. Curated by AAM Curator Courtenay Finn, the exhibition features work by Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Maurizio Cattelan, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aleksandra Domanović, Claire Fontaine, Sharon Hayes, Iman Issa, Tony Lewis, Carlos Motta, and Adam Pendleton.

John Outterbridge: Rag Man

July 1–October 16, 2016

Raised in a community steeped in creativity as a part of everyday life and characterized by a strong ethos to save and recycle, art­ist John Outterbridge has composed sculpture from found and discarded materi­als and debris—including rags, rubber, and scrap metal—for more than fifty years. The exhibition John Outterbridge: Rag Man was or­ganized by the Hammer Museum and initial­ly presented at artist Mark Bradford’s Art + Practice space in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, and focuses on work made since 2000—sculp­tures and assemblages composed of materials such as tools, twigs, bone, and hair.

Gabriel Orozco

July 29–December 18, 2016

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco explores the poetry of chance encounters and is known for such works as a Citroën automobile surgically reduced to two-thirds its normal width (La DS, 1993) and a human skull covered with a graphite grid (Black Kites, 1997). His AAM exhibition will be a presentation of new works.


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