On Friday, August 3, 2012, the Aspen Art Museum
hosted a successful eighth annual ArtCrush summer benefit, raising $1.8 million to benefit the Museums educational programming and exhibitions. The ten-lot Live Auction of contemporary art raised a total of $770,000 and the seventy-lot Silent Auction of contemporary art garnered an additional $774,000. With the addition of twelve rare wine lots, the combination represented the highest auction value ever in the history of the event.
ArtCrush honoree and AAM 2012 Aspen Award for Art recipient Tom Sachs was on hand as the bricolage sculpture he created especially for this years ArtCrush gala was sold for $155K well over its $120K estimated value. Titled Poche Vide (2011-2012), the work was among the highlights of the live auction, which was presided over by Sothebys European Senior International Specialist of Contemporary Art Oliver Barker. Sachs sculpture was joined by Ryan Ganders Wheres My Mojo Gone? ($22K); Angel Oteros Untitled [SK-FS] ($55K); Jim Hodges Study for #7 ($35K); Jonathan Horowitzs Coke/Pepsi [136 Cans] ($65K); Fred Tomasellis Red Butte ($60K); Monika Sosnowskas Flower Rack ($45K); William Egglestons Untitled [Berries] ($38K); Tom Friedmans Which ($145K); and Rob Pruitts Sweet Revengewhich sold for $150K, twice its estimated value of $75K.
AAM National Council member Amy Phelan was once again Chair of this years festivities. The main Friday night gala marked the culmination of the museums three day benefit, which hosts approximately 400 of the worlds most influential art collectors, wine connoisseurs, artists, gallery owners, museum directors, curators, and global business leaders. ArtCrush 2012 event attracted notable attendees such as international cycling legend Lance Armstrong and fashion-world icon Domenico De Sole, both on the AAM Board of Trustees; and Ellen Degeneres personal DJ Tony Okungbowa who entertained at AfterPartyCrush at Belly Up, Aspen on August 3, 2012.
The evening of Wednesday, August 3, 2012, the WineCrush event at the contemporary art-filled home of Amy Phelan and John Phelan (Museum Board of Trustees Co-President) featured rare vintages of WineCrush event sponsor Dom Pérignons legendary champagne. As guests were seated, John Phelan announced that the Aspen Art Museum has now raised $51.5 million to date in its ongoing capital campaign, $20 million of which fulfills the AAM endowment, with the rest going toward funding the Museum's new building project designed by internationally renowned architect Shigeru Ban, and slated to open in 2014.