Artcrush 2011 Aspen

Join us for this unique event which provides an opportunity to support the Aspen 
Art Museum by combining art, wine, and philanthropy

Wednesday, August 3-8, 2011
Aspen CO

Prominent artists, art collectors, curators, gallery owners, celebrities, and philanthropists from around the world gather in Aspen every year during the first week in August to celebrate ArtCrush, the Aspen Art Museum’s annual summer benefit.


ArtCrush has evolved into a week full of social events aimed at engaging the arts community here in Aspen and around the globe. An eagerly anticipated event that quickly sells out, the benefit features a remarkable wine tasting and auction, seated dinner for 350 guests, and both a live and silent auction of major works of contemporary art. The live auction will once again be conducted by Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Europe Deputy Chairman, Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art and Principal Auctioneer.


Presented by Sotheby’s and hosted by John and Amy Phelan

6 p.m.         Cocktails

7 p.m.         Dinner

This extremely limited attendance event features amazing and rare vintages paired with gourmet delights. Dine with world-renowned master sommeliers as they guide guests through a remarkable evening of wine and food.

This event is 100% underwritten—every dollar goes directly to the AAM.


6–8 p.m.     Preview and cocktails

A cocktail reception at Aspen’s Baldwin Gallery to preview fabulous ArtCrush live auction artworks.


Presented by Sotheby’s and sponsored by NetJets and Southern Wine and Spirits

6 p.m.         Cocktails, silent auction, and wine tasting

7 p.m.         Seated dinner, presentation of the Aspen Award for Art, and live auction

ArtCrush, Aspen’s premier summer event benefiting the Aspen Art Museum features the 2011 Aspen Award for Art presentation to Roni Horn. The evening features a wine tasting of rare vintages, a silent auction, an elegant multicourse dinner, and a live auction hosted by Sotheby’s world-renowned auctioneer, Tobias Meyer.


Hosted by Syzygy City

10 p.m.–2 a.m.

Join us immediately after the main event for an incredible dance party at Syzygy City! Features a hosted full bar and musical entertainment by celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson.


(Aspen Ice Garden, Aspen, CO)

ArtAspen 2011 opens the day following the conclusion of ArtCrush, enabling guests and AAM members to attend with the museum’s full endorsement.

10 a.m.–noon

Opening Preview Party Benefiting the AAM

noon–9 p.m. 
Open to the Public


11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Open to the Public


11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open to the Public


Amy Phelan


Tobias Meyer
Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe
 Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art and Principal Auctioneer


Jay Fletcher
Master Sommelier


Martin Oswald
Executive Chef, Pyramid Bistro

In addition to the gala and auction, each year the AAM presents the Aspen Award for Art to an important contemporary artist. This year’s celebration culminates with the Friday, August 5, presentation of the 2011 Aspen Award for Art to renowned artist Roni Horn. Distinguished artists such as Richard Tuttle, Tony Feher, Jim Hodges, Ed Ruscha, Fred Tomaselli, and Marilyn Minter have been honored in the past.


For more than thirty years, artist Roni Horn has made work that combines conceptual rigor and formal beauty, often exploring issues of gender, identity, and the complex relationship between object and subject. Horn works in a variety of media, including photography and sculpture, creating intricate relationships between the viewer and her work by installing a single piece on opposing walls, in adjoining rooms, or throughout a series of buildings. Many works are composed of pairs, multisided parts, or series that invite comparison between their elements. The diversity of Horn’s works reflects her ongoing exploration of how one’s identity and memory can be as changeable and fleeting as flowing water, weather, and time.

Roni Horn was born in New York in 1955, and lives and works in New York. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University. She received the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts, several NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (1991, 2004); Documenta (1992); and Venice Biennale (1997), among others.


  • $2,500 Connoisseur Couple ($2,250 is tax deductible)
Seating at a Connoisseur Table for two (2). Includes two (2) tickets to AfterPartyCrush.
  • $1,250 Connoisseur Single ($1,125 is tax deductible)
Seating at a Connoisseur Table for one (1). Includes one (1) ticket to AfterPartyCrush.



  • $150 nonmember/$125 AAM member AfterPartyCrush ticket ($100 is tax deductible)
Join us at 10 p.m. for an incredible dance party at Syzygy City featuring a hosted full bar and musical entertainment by celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson.
  • $1,000 WineCrush Ticket ($900 is tax deductible)
This wine tasting and gourmet dinner hosted by John and Amy Phelan is sponsored by Sotheby’s and is limited to 150 guests.




  • Sotheby’s
  • Barclays Wealth
  • NetJets
  • Maybach
  • Southern Wine and Spirits


Additional Support:


  • ArtAspen
  • Baldwin Gallery
  • Syzygy
  • Pyramid Bistro
  • Ute City
  • Skyy Spirits
  • Jay’s Valet
  • Bethel Party Rents
  • WESC
  • stonefox


Each year artCRUSH draws major art world figures from across the country and around the globe. Joining event chair Amy Phelan, the 2011 list of expected guests includes:

Collectors and Arts Patrons:

Maria & Bill Bell, Los Angeles
Jill & Jay Bernstein, New York
Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond J. Learsy, New York
Isabella & Theodor Dalenson, Sweden
Domenico & Eleanore De Sole, New York
Frannie Dittmer, Aspen

Glenn & Amanda Fuhrman, New York
Gabby & Ramiro Garza, Mexico
Bob & Linda Gersh, Los Angeles
Bob & Soledad Hurst, Aspen
Toby Devan Lewis, Cleveland
Eugenio Lopez, Mexico
Nancy & Robert Magoon, Aspen
Larry & Susan Marx, Aspen
Marc & Jane Nathanson, New York
Stefan Edlis & Gael Neeson, Chicago
Allen & Kelli Questrom, Dallas
Don & Mera Rubell, Miami
Jason & Michelle Rubell, Miami
Arthur & Pamela Sanders, Connecticut
Dennis & Debra Scholl, Miami
Paul & June Schorr, Nebraska/New York
David & Jennifer Stockman, Connecticut
Paul & Gayle Stoffel, Dallas



  • Richard Edwards
  • Baldwin Gallery
  • Ronnie & Jan Greenberg
  • Greenberg Van Doren Gallery
  • Perry Rubenstein
  • Perry Rubenstein Gallery


Aspen CO


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