2012 Aspen Art Museum's Annual ArtCrush Gala Re-Cap

The 8th Annual ArtCrush gala raised an impressive $1.8 million to benefit the Museum’s educational programming and exhibitions.

The sold-out event on Friday, August 3 included a live auction run by Sotheby’s Oliver Barker, rare vintages of Dom Pérignon served to guests, and Tom Sachs being honored by the Museum with the Aspen Award for Art for a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art, which the Museum’s Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson presented to him.

The event was preceded by two other major events: PreviewCrush at the Baldwin Gallery on August 2, and WineCrush at the home of Amy and John Phelan on August 1.

Attendees included prominent collectors, artists, gallerists, and other notables from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Aspen, and beyond, including international cycling legend Lance Armstrong and fashion-world icon Domenico De Sole.

Other guests included:

Collectors and Arts Patrons:

Eleanore & Domenico De Sole, South Carolina / Aspen
Soledad & Bob Hurst, Aspen / Paris
John & Amy Phelan, New York / Aspen
Linda & Bob Gersh, Los Angeles
Susan & Larry Marx, Aspen / Los Angeles
Carolyn Powers, Los Angeles
Andrea Fuiczinski, Los Angeles
Jane & Marc Nathanson, Los Angeles
Kelli & Allen Questrom, Dallas
Nancy & Richard Rogers, Dallas
Don & Mera Rubell, Miami
Michelle & Jason Rubell, Miami
Gayle & Paul Stoffel, Dallas


Christian Alexa, 303 Gallery
Gavin Brown, Gavin Brown¹s Enterprise, New York
Honor Fraser & Stavros Merjos, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles
Richard Edwards, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen
Perry Rubenstein, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles


Tom Sachs, 2012 Aspen Award for Art Honoree, New York
Kathy Butterly, New York
Jonathan Horowitz, New York
Dzine, Chicago
Angel Otero, New York
Emilio Perez, New York
Rob Pruitt, New York
Nir Hod, New York
Caio Fonseca, New York
Xaviera Simmons, New York
Ken Solomon, New York

Auction Result Highlights:

(80 lots total: 10 live auction, 70 silent auction; all works: http://www.aspenartmuseum.org/artcrush/auction_items.html)

Biggest Results of Live Auction:

Rob Pruitt, Sweet Revenge, 2012, sold for $150k.
Tom Friedman, Which, 2008, sold for $145k.
Tom Sachs, Poche Vide, 2012, sold for $155k — the piece was made for the Museum specifically for this year’s ArtCrush auction.

Meanwhile, guests enjoyed the Aspen Art Museum‘s compelling contemporary art exhibitions. Both on view through October 7, 2012, Lucio Fontana: Ceramics shows the late Argentine-Italian artist’s groundbreaking ceramic work, while Amelie von Wulffen is showcased in her first solo U. S. museum exhibition as this year’s AAM Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence.

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The Aspen Art Museum is a noncollecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.

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