Where’s the support?
Art Aspen occurred last weekend and I attended the opening. The organizers transformed the interior of the ice rink into something presentable to exhibit fine art and for that they should receive kudos.
There were a number of fine galleries in attendance as well, and while I do not know the world of painting, I did recognize some names I know to be important. More kudos. But the purpose of this letter is to say that two galleries had works by a photographer whom I represented for years in Aspen and who had a solo exhibit at my gallery, which interested no one. Not one local came to see the work and the sales that did occur were all online or over the phone.
At this fair the work by the same artist was getting lots of attention by locals whom I know have never crossed my threshold in the 18 years I’ve been here trying to make my way and at the same time establish Aspen as a town with a high-quality fine art gallery of photography. This was quite disconcerting to me to be frank. It’s as though if it’s here “who cares.” But if it’s brought in by a gallery from far away, it’s intriguing and worthy of attention.
A town gets the galleries it deserves. If the quality galleries in Aspen are not supported by locals who buy fine art, the town will be left with “art” galleries that would fit right in on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. It’s your choice, Aspen. I’m doing my part.
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