ArtCrush raises $2.5 million for Aspen Art Museum |

ArtCrush raises $2.5 million for Aspen Art Museum

Staff report

The Aspen Art Museum’s 2018 ArtCrush benefit gala raised more than $2.5 million for curatorial and educational programming, the museum announced this week.

The dinner, party and art auction was held Aug. 3 at Buttermilk Ski Area. The 500-plus guests included artists, art collectors, artists, gallerists, museum professionals, and philanthropists. Rashid Johnson was awarded the 2018 Aspen Award for Art at the gala. Johnson gave a free public talk at the museum Aug. 2.

At the live auction, Johnson’s new “Untitled Escape Collage” sold for $730,000 after opening at $285,000. Other notable sales included a Larry Bell untitled maquette for $160,000 and Josh Smith’s oil painting “Talk to the Moon” for $165,000.

The auction also included works by contemporary art titans such as Diane Arbus, Cheryl Donegan, Larry Bell and McArthur Binion.

Aspen Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman also made public a $20 million endowment fundraising campaign, which has raised $12.7 million since September 2017 in its private phase.

Most works from the auction were displayed for the public Thursday during PreviewCrush at the Baldwin Gallery and Casterline | Goodman Gallery in downtown Aspen.

The signature ArtCrush event was preceded by the WineCrush dinner and other fundraising events.

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