Intersect Aspen heats up the Aspen Ice Garden.
Event attendees at Intersect Aspen.
Aft er a stellar debut last summer, Intersect Aspen, the art show that brings some of the world’s most prestigious galleries to Aspen to pair with local galleries for a cultural gathering, will be returning to the Aspen Ice Garden. From July 31 to Aug. 4, the old ice rink will turn white hot with creativity as artists represented by 31 galleries in 21 global cities exhibit their work.
“Th e success felt by our galleries and local cultural partners along with the positive collector feedback from Intersect Aspen in 2021 paved the way for a welcome return this year,” says Becca Hoffman, managing director of Intersect Art and Design, about the 2022 art fair. “We are looking forward to being part of making this summer in Aspen even better than last year.”
Previously known as Art Aspen, the contemporary art fair has been a staple of the summer schedule since 2010. Two years ago, the event joined Intersect Art and Design, which also produces Intersect Palm Springs and SOFA Chicago, and since has found footing as a go-to event for art lovers and the collectors who populate Aspen and wish to acquire prominent pieces locally.
Beverly Pepper, “Octavia” (2015, Cor-Ten steel), courtesy of James Barron Art
Attendees will be able to peruse pieces from galleries in domestic art capitals including New York (Miles McEnery Gallery, Half Gallery) and Los Angeles (Anat Ebgi, Louis Stern Fine Arts), along with a plethora of international galleries. Th ese include Galerie Gmurzynska (Zurich) and Perrotin (Paris, Hong Kong). Th e visiting galleries will join Aspen stalwarts including Casterline|Goodman Gallery, Hexton Gallery and Gallerie Maximillian for the multiday event. “We are so pleased to be welcoming nine new galleries to the fair’s mix,” Hoffman notes about the growth of Intersect Aspen. Th ere will be a daily, on-site happy hour with specialty Doña Vega Mezcal cocktails, and Gerb’s Grub food truck will provide, well, grub throughout the fair.
Hoffman is also excited about working with other organizations in the community during Intersect Aspen. “We have a robust schedule of events, including collector home tours, collaborations with local cultural institutions like the Aspen Art Museum, Anderson Ranch, Aspen Film, Red Brick Art Center and many more.”
The event will open with a VIP welcome party at Christie’s Aspen on July 30 and local Aspen art collectors including Jorge M. Pérez and Barbara and Bruce Berger will offer home tours as part of the VIP program. On Aug. 4 the Red Brick Center for the Arts will be the site of a Mid-Summer Cultural Celebration in association with the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
Chun Kwang Young, “Agg regation 20 - AU050 (Star 11)” (2020, mixed media with Korean mulberry paper), 39 inches, courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Multiday passes are available at intersectaspen.com and the fair has partnered with Artsy for a virtual online marketplace. Intersect Aspen dovetails with the Aspen Art Museum’s Aspen ArtWeek events presented Aug. 2 to 6.
For art aficionados, the first week of August promises to be the coolest of the summer.
Photography by: PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERSECT ASPEN; PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS