Top Things to See and Do at Art Aspen, August 3-6

Top Things to See and Do at Art Aspen, August 3-6


Top Things to See and Do at Art Aspen, August 3-6

The eighth edition of Art Aspen will offer art lovers a weekend packed with the very best in modern and contemporary art presented by galleries from around the country, fascinating talks and events, an Art Walk highlighting local galleries, and a must attend Opening Night Preview to benefit Americans for the Arts. Located at the Aspen Ice Garden from August 3-6, guests will find a myriad of works from 1950-present, displayed in an intimate, boutique-style setting with the spectacular Ajax Mountain as the backdrop. While planning a visit to Art Aspen, attendees should add these “must-do’” to their list:

  1. A Spectacular Opening Night Preview to benefit Americans for the Arts: Art Aspen will kick off with an Opening Night Preview on Thursday, August 3 that will benefit Americans for The Arts, the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. The Opening Night Preview is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year, and offers attendees the first chance to explore and acquire artwork from exhibiting galleries. The Opening Night Preview is open to First Look Black Card ticket holders 5pm-9pm, and opens to general admission, 6:30pm-9pm. Both ticket options admit two individuals and includes return admission all weekend. Tickets are available by visiting
  2. Art Walk: The new Art Walk will be held on Saturday evening, allowing fairgoers and visitors to Aspen the opportunity to experience downtown Aspen’s vibrant art scene by seeing a diverse number of galleries including:

Aspen Art Gallery

Aspen Grove Fine Art

Cha Cha Gallery

Christopher Martin Gallery

Elliott Yeary Gallery

Forre & Co

Gallery 1949

Gallery Maximillian

Harvey Meadows Gallery

Omnibus Gallery

Opera Gallery

Peter Lik Gallery

Raven Gallery

Royal Street Fine Art

Valley Fine Art

Vickers Collection of Aspen

Wind River Gallery

  1. Enhanced Café and Lounge: New this year, attendees will find a full-service café and lounge area at the fair, featuring local delicacies, confections, and sweets, as well as gourmet coffee, cocktails, wine, refreshments and light snacks from local Aspen restaurants. It’s the perfect place to sit, relax and recharge while exploring the fair.
  2. Exhibiting Works from Renowned Galleries and Artists The art world will converge at Art Aspen with top notch galleries displaying works from renowned and up-and-coming artists. The fair will showcase a mix of ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, metal, painting, photography and works on paper by notable artists such as Milton Avery, Kenneth Noland, Simon Allison, Philip Hunt, Alex Katz, James Turrell, Jay Kelly, Michael Gregory, Augusto Esquivel, Tobias Mohl and many more.
  3. Lively Discussions and Booth Talks Included with Admission: Art Aspen will present an incomparable schedule of events and talks by gallerists, artists and leading scholars. Fair-goers should be sure to make time to attend some of these incredible presentations while exploring the Fair. Programming is included in the price of the general admission ticket and will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fair.

Highlights include:

– Include new Friday VIP tour – 10 am | Michael Lipkin & Jody Guralnick | Private Collection
Michael Lipkin is an architect who also makes and shows his photography. Jody Guralnick is an artist who has show locally, nationally and internationally. Both studios are in the house and will be part of the tour. Work in the house is by both artists as well as work collected by other artists.

-Join gallerist Timothy Yarger and artist Mads Christensen as they discuss Christensen’s use of light patterns to produce compelling works of art using custom circuitry, programming and LED lights. 2pm, Friday

Cindy Lisica, a PhD art historian and gallerist, offers insider insights on Andy Warhol in Aspen and his current legacy. Before opening her gallery, Lisica worked at museums including the Tate Britain, The Menil Collection, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The gallery features two artists that have shown at The Warhol in Pittsburgh. 2pm, Saturday

-The Aspen home of Sharon and John Hoffman was built in the 1880s and was one of the first five houses built after the discovery of silver. The Hoffman’s restored the home inside and out and the collection consists of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics. 10am, Sunday (VIP event)

Art Aspen Tickets and Hours

Art Aspen will be open to the public August 4-6. Tickets are $20 per day online in advance, or $25 at the door. The Fair is open Friday and Saturday 12-7 pm; and Sunday 12-6 pm.

Art Aspen is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Aspen, Art Palm Springs, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago and FORM MIAMI (December 6-10). All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media. For more information about Urban’s art and design fairs, visit the following websites: Art Aspen: August 3-6, 2017 || SOFA CHICAGO: November 2-5, 2017 | | FORM MIAMI: December 6 – 10, 2017 || Art Palm Springs: February 16-18, 2018 |

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