How Art and Aspen "Intersect"

How Art and Aspen “Intersect” | Pro Club Bd

The Kick Off, Kick Ass Tour will be directed by Marc Dennis and Paul Laster and co-presented by the Aspen Art Museum’s AJAX members as part of Intersect Aspen. Artwork by Marc Dennis, 2019, Oil on canvas, 68 x 84 inches.
Courtesy of Marc Dennis and Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art

The Intersect Aspen art fair returns to the Roaring Fork Valley this Sunday, July 31 through Thursday, August 4, with more than two dozen gallery exhibitions at the Aspen Ice Garden and collaborations with a number of other arts-related organizations and non-profit organizations.

With 31 galleries represented from 21 cities, 11 of the galleries are entirely new to the show, having not partnered with Intersect Aspen prior to this year. Many are exhibiting new work created specifically for Intersect Aspen that has never been seen before.

“For those of us who organize the fair, it’s a pleasure to discover new works at the same time as our visitors and collectors,” said Becca Hoffman, managing director of Intersect Art and Design.

Further highlights are seven Artist Booth Talks by Marc Dennis, Jessie Edelman, Kysa Johnson, Kelly Lynn Jones, Suchitra Mattai. Alison Van Pelt and Heijin Yoo.

Hoffman will also host a talk entitled, “Buy What You Love? Why? How?” It focuses on art as an asset class, how to create, invest, nurture, preserve and protect a collection at both private and public levels. Panelists will examine the strategies they have used to build collections as an investment and at the same time examine the ethical and financial considerations involved in the acquisition of works of art.

“It’s an issue that’s very relevant in our current economic climate,” Hoffman said.

Panel participants include Laura Smith Sweeney, a San Francisco-based art consultant; Muys Snijders, Head of Art Collections Management, American International Group Inc. (AIG); Miami-based collector and philanthropist Dennis Scholl; and Coley Cassidy, a private wealth advisor.

Suchitra Mattai gives a booth talk at Intersect Aspen.
Courtesy of K Contemporary

In addition to gallery booths, the event will include short film screenings with Aspen Film, a performance by artist Ajax W. Ax at Aspen Space Station, and pop-up exhibits, such as a collection of editions from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The fair at the Aspen Ice Garden is a mix of ticketed offerings and events that are free and open to the public. The Midsummer Cultural Celebration will be presented on Thursday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. in association with the Aspen Chamber Resort Association and the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Free and held on the Red Brick’s lawn, registered guests can expect art activations, cabaret, demos and short performances by Red Brick resident artists. Local non-profit organizations will perform at various locations throughout the evening. Guests are invited to interact with the artists and participate in the art-making. Drinks, appetizers, music, entertainment and art tours in the gallery will also be offered.

Intersect has events across the country throughout the year. Why aspen?

“The Aspen community is a community that engages with the arts as a whole,” Hoffman said. “It’s engaged from the visual arts to the performing arts to the literary arts, and we believe Aspen is the ideal place for this celebration of creativity.”

Hoffman believes Aspen is a unique destination for the intellectually curious and the dedicated art collecting public. To that end, the artworks on display will run the gamut, from the finest contemporary living artists of today to lesser-known works by Picasso, such as Venus et Amour (Venus and Cupid), a free-standing fresco from 1918 that the artist painted on the walls of his honeymoon suite after his marriage to Olga Khokhlova. The work tells of love, classical antiquity and Coco Chanel (his other muse in this period). It eventually found itself in Warhol’s factory in the 1970s.

The exhibition stands are open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the entire trade fair

Muys Snijders, Head of Art Collection Management, American International Group Inc. (AIG), discusses Buy What You Love? Why? As?’
Courtesy of Intersect Aspen

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