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ArtCrush 2018 Raises $2.5 Million for Aspen Art Museum

Following a week of art, wine, food, and fun, the pinnacle of ArtCrush took place last Friday evening in a cosmic utopia created by architecture and design firm STONEFOX. The evening’s guests, like Nancy Magoon, Dustin Yellin, Nancy Rogers, Erin Ledier-Pariser, Eleanor and Domenico De Sole, Jamie Tisch, Marianne Boesky, and Nicola and Jeff Marcus, arrived at the Buttermilk ski area, where they joined together in a glittering enclosure filled with mirror ball chandeliers, silver Mylar curtains, and splashes of cerise and magenta. Hosted with the help of sponsors like W Magazine, Audi, Dom Pérignon, J.P. Morgan, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and Flexjet, the night welcomed over 500 attendees from around the globe to celebrate the annual benefit and the importance of art.

After enjoying cocktails and browsing the silent auction, attendees gathered in the dinner and live auction tent, where event chair Amy Phelan kicked off the evening with the introduction of Heidi Zuckerman—the Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and director of the Aspen Art Museum (AAM).

Aspen Art Museum 2018: ArtCrush Gala Aspen Art Museum 2018: ArtCrush Gala
Photo by Sam Nandez for BFA
Courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum.

Thereafter, the 2018 Aspen Award for Art was presented to artist Rashid Johnson, kicking off Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker’s presentation of the live auction. The sale included works by over 70 artists like Larry Bell, Josh Smith, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and the Aspen Award for Art recipient, Johnson, culminating in a total of over $2.5 million in funds raised for the AAM.

The finale, and a true highlight of the evening, was the AfterPartyCrush at BellyUp. Enjoying music by artist and music producer, Jellybean Benitez, attendees danced into the early hours of the morning before returning home.

Aspen Art Museum 2018: ArtCrush Gala Aspen Art Museum 2018: ArtCrush Gala.
Photo by Owen Kolasinksi for BFA.
Courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum.

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