ArtCrush 2019 Raises $2.3 Million For The Aspen Art Museum

Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush 2019 © BFA.com / Owen Kolasinksi

“I'm looking at the menu this time to contrast the smoked shrimp and frisée salad and the soup with the poached egg and the caviar," said master sommelier Jay Fletcher. "I wanted something with higher acidity and minerality. So the first glass in front of you and the burgundy glass is the Domaine Faiveley, Puligny Montrachet Les Foltieres 1er Cru…”

Fletcher was speaking to the guests at WineCrush, the intimate wine-soaked annual benefit held at John and Amy Phelan’s Aspen residence that kicked off ArtCrush 2019—three days of festivities from July 31 to August 2 to raise funds for the Aspen Art Museum that culminated in a silent and live auction at the ArtCrush benefit. The Aspen Art Museum also celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, STONEFOX Architects draped the tent in which the event was held in ruby red, the color of that milestone. Guests included Lance Armstrong, Sotheby’s senior director and European chairman Oliver Barker, and artist Marc Dennis.

The next day, a group of artists who included Oscar Murillo, Mickalene Thomas, Nir Hod, Gisela Colon, Fred Tomaselli, and Soo Sunny Park gathered at Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell for a lunch hosted by Nancy Rogers. A few hours later, collectors, artists, and other assorted art enthusiasts gathered at the Aspen Art Museum to watch a talk between its director, Heidi Zuckerman—who will depart her position in September after 14 years with the institution—and New York-based artist Lisa Yuskavage, who was being honored with the 2019 Aspen Art Award. “I was thinking about these paintings as metaphors for the painting themselves,” Yuskavage told the audience about the paintings that will be in her upcoming spring 2020 exhibition of landscapes at the museum titled Wilderness. “I thought the paintings were fighting for their lives.” After the talk, guests headed to Baldwin Gallery and Casterline | Goodman Gallery for PreviewCrush to get a sneak peek at the works that were for the live and silent auctions at ArtCrush the next night before returning back to the Aspen Art Museum for a rooftop barbecue at sunset.

Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush 2019 © BFA.com / Owen Kolasinksi

“The very first auction item at the very first ArtCrush in 2005 was an editioned shower curtain featuring one of Lisa Yuskavages intimately recognizable female figures initially introduced to assist support for the Art Production Fund,” said event chair Amy Phelan at ArtCrush the next evening. “As I anticipate her work in a live auction tonight, I feel that suddenly I'm coming full circle to an event which I truly love.” 

Guests like Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Nancy Magoon, Marianne Boesky, Kyle Richards, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist gathered in a tent at Buttermilk Mountain for the gala dinner and auction to benefit the museum. “What you bought this evening was not great food and wine,” said Phelan. “All of you provided artists an opportunity to express themselves and share with the world. Thank you for doing that.” Then, Zuckerman stepped on the stage for her final ArtCrush speech as the director of the Aspen Art Museum. “Over the past 15 ArtCrushes we have been able to honor 15 incredible artists at ArtCrush and the Aspen Award for Art has given us a platform to call attention to visionary and innovative creators in the contemporary art world,” said Zuckerman before inviting Yuskavage on the stage to receive her trophy. “Nobody just gets the human body or the natural landscape like Lisa,” said the Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and director. “Her work is sharp, brave, gorgeous, important, and more timely than ever. “I admire you as much as a person as I do admire your art.” Yuskavage then phoned in her parents from Florida via Skype.

Barker then got on the stage for the live auction where he auctioned off works by John Armleder, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Urs Fischer, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Anicka Yi, Dahn Vo, Nari Ward, and others. The biggest sale of the night was courtesy of patron Nancy Rodgers, who acquired the Yuskavage painting “Merlot.” “Thank you for your incredible generosity,” said Barker. “It gives me incredible pleasure to tell you that Nancy Rodgers is buying this wonderful painting at $450,000.”

The painting sold for over $125,000 more than its initial estimate. With 500 guests over three days for the festivities, the Aspen Art Museum raised $2.3 million during the 15th anniversary edition of ArtCrush.

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Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush 2019 © BFA.com / Owen Kolasinksi

“I'm looking at the menu this time to contrast the smoked shrimp and frisée salad and the soup with the poached egg and the caviar," said master sommelier Jay Fletcher. "I wanted something with higher acidity and minerality. So the first glass in front of you and the burgundy glass is the Domaine Faiveley, Puligny Montrachet Les Foltieres 1er Cru…”

Fletcher was speaking to the guests at WineCrush, the intimate wine-soaked annual benefit held at John and Amy Phelan’s Aspen residence that kicked off ArtCrush 2019—three days of festivities from July 31 to August 2 to raise funds for the Aspen Art Museum that culminated in a silent and live auction at the ArtCrush benefit. The Aspen Art Museum also celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, STONEFOX Architects draped the tent in which the event was held in ruby red, the color of that milestone. Guests included Lance Armstrong, Sotheby’s senior director and European chairman Oliver Barker, and artist Marc Dennis.

The next day, a group of artists who included Oscar Murillo, Mickalene Thomas, Nir Hod, Gisela Colon, Fred Tomaselli, and Soo Sunny Park gathered at Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell for a lunch hosted by Nancy Rogers. A few hours later, collectors, artists, and other assorted art enthusiasts gathered at the Aspen Art Museum to watch a talk between its director, Heidi Zuckerman—who will depart her position in September after 14 years with the institution—and New York-based artist Lisa Yuskavage, who was being honored with the 2019 Aspen Art Award. “I was thinking about these paintings as metaphors for the painting themselves,” Yuskavage told the audience about the paintings that will be in her upcoming spring 2020 exhibition of landscapes at the museum titled Wilderness. “I thought the paintings were fighting for their lives.” After the talk, guests headed to Baldwin Gallery and Casterline | Goodman Gallery for PreviewCrush to get a sneak peek at the works that were for the live and silent auctions at ArtCrush the next night before returning back to the Aspen Art Museum for a rooftop barbecue at sunset.

Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush 2019 © BFA.com / Owen Kolasinksi

“The very first auction item at the very first ArtCrush in 2005 was an editioned shower curtain featuring one of Lisa Yuskavages intimately recognizable female figures initially introduced to assist support for the Art Production Fund,” said event chair Amy Phelan at ArtCrush the next evening. “As I anticipate her work in a live auction tonight, I feel that suddenly I'm coming full circle to an event which I truly love.” 

Guests like Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Nancy Magoon, Marianne Boesky, Kyle Richards, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist gathered in a tent at Buttermilk Mountain for the gala dinner and auction to benefit the museum. “What you bought this evening was not great food and wine,” said Phelan. “All of you provided artists an opportunity to express themselves and share with the world. Thank you for doing that.” Then, Zuckerman stepped on the stage for her final ArtCrush speech as the director of the Aspen Art Museum. “Over the past 15 ArtCrushes we have been able to honor 15 incredible artists at ArtCrush and the Aspen Award for Art has given us a platform to call attention to visionary and innovative creators in the contemporary art world,” said Zuckerman before inviting Yuskavage on the stage to receive her trophy. “Nobody just gets the human body or the natural landscape like Lisa,” said the Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and director. “Her work is sharp, brave, gorgeous, important, and more timely than ever. “I admire you as much as a person as I do admire your art.” Yuskavage then phoned in her parents from Florida via Skype.

Barker then got on the stage for the live auction where he auctioned off works by John Armleder, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Urs Fischer, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Anicka Yi, Dahn Vo, Nari Ward, and others. The biggest sale of the night was courtesy of patron Nancy Rodgers, who acquired the Yuskavage painting “Merlot.” “Thank you for your incredible generosity,” said Barker. “It gives me incredible pleasure to tell you that Nancy Rodgers is buying this wonderful painting at $450,000.”

The painting sold for over $125,000 more than its initial estimate. With 500 guests over three days for the festivities, the Aspen Art Museum raised $2.3 million during the 15th anniversary edition of ArtCrush.

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