ArtCrush 2023: A Sotheby’s Auction in the Mountains

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Laze, ArtCrush 2023
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Laze, ArtCrush 2023

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Aspen Art Week is an annual event that celebrates contemporary art. It takes place in Aspen, Colorado, and features a variety of exhibitions, performances, and events. The week culminates with the ArtCrush Summer Gala, a black-tie event that benefits the Aspen Art Museum. 

This year’s Aspen Art Week will take place from August 1st – 4th.

Aspen Art Week attracts art lovers from all over the world. If you’re interested in contemporary art, Aspen Art Week is definitely worth checking out.

This year’s Intersect Aspen includes The Pit, a gallery with Los Angeles and Palm Springs locations. Their art fair booth features new work by artists Gabrielle Garland, James Goss, and Jennifer King.

Artcrush 2023
ArtCrush 2023

Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum is an exhibition focused, non-collecting museum. Its first exhibition in 1979, ‘American Portraits of the Sixties and Seventies,’ featured Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others.

The museum’s annual ArtCrush 2023 gala is on Friday, August 4, 2023. Co-chaired by Jamie Tisch and Sara Zilkha, this year’s gala will honor artist Nairy Baghramian with the Aspen Award for Art.

The live and online auctions are hosted by Sotheby’s. The ten works in the live auction include Baghramian, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, and Carmen Herrera.

Works in both auctions have an estimate range from $2,000  to $400,000. All proceeds from the event will support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. You can view the work in the live auction here.

If you are not attending the gala, the works will be on view at the museum until August 3rd. 

Baghramian’s solo exhibition, ‘Jupon de Corps,’ is also on view. It includes some of her key works as well as site-specific sculptures in the outdoor commons. You can read more about the exhibition here.

For a walkthrough, you can explore exclusive multimedia perspectives from artists and curators on the Aspen Art Museum on the Bloomberg Connects App is a free arts and culture app.

Courtesy alice smith
Courtesy Alice Smith

ArtCrush 2023 Side Events

Before the gala begins, two events will be held on the museum’s rooftop.

At 2 pm, ‘Making Their Mark: A Conversation Between Komal Shah and Sarah Douglas’ will discuss the newly published book ‘Making Their Mark: Art by Women in the Shah Garg Collection’. Sara Douglas is ARTnews’ editor-in-chief.

Shah’s art collection includes paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works from North American female artists from the late 1960s to the present. The book is edited by Mark Godfrey and Katy Siegel and uses the collection as a starting point to look at women’s work in contemporary art.

Alice Smith will perform at 5 pm accompanied by pianist, Dennis Hamm. Smith is known for her artist collaborations.

Registration for both events is free, but required due to limited seating. You can register for the conversation here and the performance here.

Cauleen smith, mines
Cauleen Smith, Mines

Joelle’s Top 5 Online Auction Picks

ArtCrush 2023 is a great way to find great work while supporting a worthy cause. Here are my online auction picks:

Rafael Delacruz, Beetle, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2023.

Andrea Joyce Heimer, Two Places I’ve Cried Until My Nose Bled, Acrylic and oil pastel on panel, Diptych, 2022.

JJ Manford, Alpineglow Ski Lodge Painting, Oil stick, oil pastel, Flashe on burlap over canvas, 2023.

Danielle Orchard, Tan Lines, Oil on linen, 2023.

Cauleen Smith, Cloth, acrylic, satin, paper, sequins, velvet, velour, synthetic suede, fringe, and gold anodized aluminum rod, 2022.

Quick Notes

  • There will be no buyer’s premium added to the hammer price.
  • The difference between the fair market value and the winning bid is a tax-deductible donation to the museum.
  • The winning bidder will receive a tax acknowledgment letter from the museum for this amount.
  • Absentee and phone bidding are available.
  • Contact if you have any questions.

Intersect Aspen | August 1-4, 2023 | Aspen Ice Garden, 233 West Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO

The ArtCrush Gala 2023 | August 4, 2023, 6-10 pm | Aspen Art Museum, Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, CO

  • Sotheby’s Live Auction | 8 pm during The ArtCrush Gala

Sotheby’s Online Auction | Ends August 5, 12 pm MT


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