Around Aspen: Art Crush 2008
Aspen Times Weekly
Well, last week I featured the Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s summer auction and also told how some of their artists are currently exhibiting their work at the Aspen Art Museum.
So this week I’ll feature the Aspen Art Museum and its summer gala, “Art Crush 2008,” which was co-chaired by Amy Phelan and Pam Sanders. At the event the museum presented the 2008 Aspen Award for Art to American artist Ed Ruscha, who has produced creations in painting, drawing, photography and artist’s books. The museum notes that Ruscha’s work holds the mirror up to the banality of urban life and gives order to the barrage of mass media-fed images and information that confronts us daily. Ruscha’s early career as a graphic artist continues to strongly influence his work.
Art Crush is an elegant summer party, with hundreds of guests milling around the campus of the museum. Everyone dresses in their finery, which makes for an evening that would make a beautiful painting.
Received notice that Encantado, a new Auberge resort located just minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza in New Mexico, has opened with 65 casitas and luxury suites, a world-class spa, and a signature restaurant headed by executive chef Charles Dale, former owner of Renaissance and Rustique restaurants in Aspen. Heading all the Auberge resorts in the United States and Mexico is Eric Calderon, former general manager of The Little Nell hotel.
The Catalogues, including The Aspen Catalogue, have been purchased from Andy Modell and his Model Associates by Regal Publications of Scottsdale, Ariz. Regal Publications has purchased all of the markets that currently produce The Catalogues ” Aspen, Vail/Beaver Creek, Santa Fe and Jackson Hole, as well as future rights to all new locations. The main production office will now be located in Scottsdale, but sales staff and photography will continue to be handled locally.
Jill St. John and Robert Wagner are known as Aspen’s resident celebrities. And now Robert, or R.J. as he is mostly known, has written his autobiography titled “Pieces of My Heart by Robert J. Wagner.” He tells how he was fascinated by the movies all his life and has truly enjoyed being a movie and television star. In Aspen we know him as a really nice guy and in the book, with a few exceptions, he is kind to everyone he writes about. The book also includes many photographs taken during R.J.’s career.
Undercurrent … Can’t believe it didn’t snow on Halloween. It seemed that Halloween was usually our first snow and the children would get wet and cold and eat all that candy … and they would start the winter off sick!
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