By Paul Laster
One of the world’s most refreshing hiking, mountain biking, and skiing retreats, Aspen becomes a cultural capital every August with the Aspen Art Museum’s annual ArtCrush gala, events and benefit auction and the gathering of galleries at Intersect Aspen’s lively art and design fair.
With the world-class Aspen Art Museum at the center of the art activities, an assortment of year-round galleries and pop-up art and design spaces in the summer and Intersect Art & Design’s yearly boutique fair, there’s plenty to do for both seasoned collectors and cultural tourists during Aspen ArtWeek, August 1-4. And for visitors who want to join the creative crowd, nearby Anderson Ranch’s lectures, residencies and workshops provide the opportunity to learn from practicing artists and imaginative craftspeople.
Returning to the Aspen Ice Garden for its third edition with 31 international exhibitors, four special projects and a variety of professional programming, Intersect Aspen brings a broad selection of modern and contemporary art and design to esteemed local collectors and visiting buyers. New York’s Miles McEnery Gallery mixes geometric abstractions by Beverly Fishman, Markus Linnenbrink and Patrick Wilson with representational landscapes by Whitney Bedford and Isca Greenfield-Sanders.