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Aspen ArtCrush 2016: The Coolest Art-World Party of the Summer

By Eliza Jordan

August 5, 2016

This week in Aspen, the Aspen ArtCrush 2016, hosted by the Aspen Art Museum, is celebrating its annual fundraiser to benefit the institution. For the first time, the summer event is being held at the Buttermilk ski area—most commonly known for its busy slopes during the ESPN Winter X Games. This year, the annual Aspen Award for Art was given to renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco for his concept-based sculptures, photographs, paintings, and installations. Concurrent to this award, Orozco will also be showing a large solo exhibition at the museum.

Presented by Sotheby’s and sponsored by in-the-know brands like J.P. Morgan, Dom Pérignon, and Audi, ArtCrush 2016 is chaired by art aficionado, collector, and philanthropist Amy Phelan. The multi-day benefit hosts varying events in the city, including four major happenings with their own programs: WineCrush, an event hosted by Amy and John Phelan at their home to include fine wine, gourmet food, and dancing; PreviewCrush, a free viewing party hosted by Baldwin Gallery that gives attendees first sight at what is to be auctioned off at the ArtCrush auction the next day; ArtCrush, a presentation of the Aspen Award for Art for Orozco, complemented by a wine tasting, seated dinner, and live and silent auctions; AfterpartyCrush, a dance party held at Belly Up. This year will also show attendees ambitious decor from architecture and design firm Stonefox.

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While drawing some of America’s most notable art-goers, ArtCrush 2016 also presents works that are set to be auctioned off amongst Orozco’s by artists like the Haas Brothers and Liz Larner.

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