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AAM: It’s the inside that matters

Dear Editor:

The new Aspen Art Museum project, I’m against it.

But first, let’s be clear. I absolutely love Frank Gehry as well as Giovanni Bellini, and I’d love to have both of their works in this town.

Second, I understand the Aspen of today is real estate-driven, so the museum’s cry of “location, location, location” is clear.

Yet I have stood for hours in a museum smaller than Little Annie’s and been happily lost in a Rembrandt self-portrait. I don’t go inside the current Aspen museum much, though I pass it often, simply for personal reasons: The work rarely moves me on a such a deep, human level. And for me, museums are like people. I don’t care what the outside looks like; I care about the inside.

The city already has a lot of art to offer the local and the tourist via the many art galleries. And unlike Bilbao, we live in Aspen, with more staggering, stupefying natural beauty all around us that no manmade art can hope to equal, only pay homage to.

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Of course, I’d rather have a museum here than not, whether I like the art or not.

But as far as the “public good” in Aspen goes, a bicycle shop and a restaurant rank higher in my humble human opinion than a museum. So, what then is the imago hominis of this museum proposal? And of our town?

Paul Macfarlane

Aspen