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Rendering of the new Aspen Art Museum
Rendering of the new Aspen Art Museum


Aug. 10, 2011

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The Aspen Art Museum’s annual ArtCrush auction, wine tasting and gala is a favorite among the end-of-summer events, and this time around it was an even bigger hit than usual. The three-day benefit, Aug. 3-5, 2011, chaired by art collector Amy Phelan, broke fund-raising records with a $1.7 million total, the most in its seven-year history. Meanwhile, honoree artist Roni Horn raised a solid, also record-breaking $420,000 for her grid of color C-print Clowd and Cloun (Gray), 2000-2001, at the silent auction, conducted by Sotheby’s Tobias Meyer. Plus, collectors Gabriela and Ramiro Garza donated another $1 million, all of which brought the museum’s capital campaign total to $45.7 million, just shy of its $50 million overall goal.

The funding will go toward the museum’s new 30,000-square-foot Shigeru Ban-designed building on Hyman Avenue in downtown Aspen. The groundbreaking takes place Aug. 16, 2011, at 10 a.m., with construction to begin early next year.

Other sales from the ArtCrush auction included Rashid Johnson’s Alternator, 2011, for $52,000; Damián Ortega’s Supermodernismo IV, 2009, for $63,000; James SurlsStem Cells 1, 2011, for $35,000; Haegue Yang’s Oblique Gymnastic, 2010, for $45,000; David Altmejd’s Untitled, 2011, for $45,000; Richard Avedon’s Suzy Parker, Evening Dress by Dior, Paris Studio, August 1956, 1981, for $42,000; and Gary SimonsSavage Sisters, 2010, for $38,000.

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Roni Horn, Clowd and Cloun Gray, 2000-2001
Roni Horn, Clowd and Cloun (Gray), 2000-2001