By Michael McCarthy By Michael McCarthy | July 15, 2020 | National
Intersect Aspen, an ambitious online viewing room, offers collectors the chance to see work from 110 galleries representing 28 countries, July 22 to 26.
Marc Posso's "Crown the Queen" (2019)
Great art can’t be quieted by a pandemic. And collectors of great art can’t be expected to wait a year to find the next great piece. Which is why so many collectors are excited about the new Intersect Aspen (formerly Art Aspen), with an impressive lineup of artists like Nicola Tyson (Petzel, New York), Alex Anderson (Gavlak, Los Angeles and Palm Beach) and Hassan Hajjaj (Yossi Milo Gallery, New York). In addition to exceptional stateside galleries, Intersect Aspen’s global showcase includes artists represented by galleries like Afikaris (Paris), BEERS London, The Breeder (Athens), Umberto Di Marino (Naples) and Zetterberg Gallery (Helsinki).
The fair will be held online this year, July 22 to 26, at art-aspen.com. Organizers note the event will be back next summer in its physical form—an artistic stage that has become globally famous among collectors.
This year’s online format spawned creativity in programming and accessibility to artists and galleries. “Galleries are excited about regional art fairs and their connectivity to communities known for their support and engagement in art and culture, such as Aspen,” says Becca Hoffman, managing director of Intersect Art and Design, which also stages annual art fairs in Chicago and Palm Springs. “Our debut edition of Intersect Aspen has a totally fresh approach and will present a dynamic selection of artworks from a broad and globally engaged list of participants.”
Ulrike Müller's "Rote Blume" (2018)
The fair also offers creative ways to experience art and learn more about the artists behind each piece. Hoffman and her team partnered with Artsy, which gives galleries an opportunity to promote virtual booths. Through this portal, collectors can save their favorite works and, via Artsy’s AR mobile tool, purchase art directly from the global galleries exhibiting at the show.
Other fair highlights include One Thing, which focuses on a single artist or artwork each day with themes like one thing to celebrate, one thing to be thankful for and one thing to love. A silent auction caps off each thematic day and raises money for local and regional cultural partners like Aspen Film and The Center for African American Health.
Art critic and curator Paul Laster also will present Five Artists, Five Mediums, Five Days—A Curated Selection for One Thing, featuring work in a range of media. “Inspired by the Aspen art community’s history of exhibiting art from diverse points of view in a variety of media, the curated exhibition for One Thing presents work by emerging and established artists who draw from the past, are conscious of our present moment, and give hope for the future,” says Laster.
Photography by: From top, photos courtesy of: Afikaris; Meyer Kainer