Press Release  July 23, 2020

Intersect Aspen Offers Contemporary Art in Online Fair

Courtesy of Robert Klein Gallery

Sebastaio Salgado, Iceberg Between Paulet Islands and the Shetland IslandsAntarctica, 2005.

Intersect Aspen is now live at The online viewing room includes 110 exhibitors from 28 countries, and runs from July 22-26, 2020. It will also be on Artsy from July 22-August 22, 2020. The art fair is online-only in 2020 due to COVID-19, and will resume its physical presence in Aspen in 2021.

As part of Intersect Aspen, One Thing honors local and regional cultural and non-profit partners with special dedicated programming, and a daily silent auction. Additionally, talks with artists and curators, and special curatorial selections, will be online throughout the run of the fair.

Becca Hoffman, Managing Director of Intersect Art and Design says, “I’ve always believed that the world is a small place and our Intersect Aspen exhibitor list is the true embodiment of that: local, regional, national, and international with galleries spanning the globe from Aspen and Denver; to New York and Los Angeles; to Paris, Berlin, and London; to Accra, Marrakech, and Jeddah; to Cebu, and onward. It’s an opportunity for connectivity, connection, and the breaking down of cultural barriers during these times.”

Courtesy of bitforms gallery

Jonathan Monaghan, Sentinel I, 2020. Dye-sublimation on aluminium, 3D printed gold-plated brass, MDF frame. 16 x 22 in. Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP.

July 22-26, 2020 with a Silent Auction Each Day from 11am – 7pm Eastern

One Thing honors local and regional cultural and non-profit partners with special dedicated programming and a daily silent auction to raise money for them. Partners include The Art Base, Aspen Film, Carbondale Arts, The Center for African American Health, and Valley Settlement.

On Wednesday, July 22, One Thing to Celebrate focuses on Valley Settlement, an organization dedicated to supporting immigrant families, with a special focus on educational opportunities. Valley Settlement’s programming will celebrate the adults and children who graduate from their programs each year, and celebrate their achievement with festive and fun graduation ceremonies. There will be videos on The silent auction work is a Deborah Kass silkscreen titled Being Alive (2012) from the series Feel Good Paintings For Feel Bad Times, provided by Richard Levy Gallery.

On Thursday, July 23, One Thing to be Thankful For focuses on Aspen Film, which seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Aspen Film will screen a short film on titled A YOUTH, which follows a group of young Afghan refugees in Athens chasing dreams and family
re-unification. The silent auction work is by artist Jonathan Monaghan, a dye-sublimation on aluminum titled Sentinel I (2020), provided by bitforms gallery.

On Friday, July 24, One Thing to Fight For focuses on the Center for African American Health (CAA Health) which takes a holistic approach to healthcare, providing services that go beyond accessibility, providing culturally sensitive health education, health promotion services, and helping to remove barriers. CAA Health will share a video on about their work and the history of the organization. The silent auction work is from Paula Crown Atelier, which is donating a Crown sculpture, Jokester I (2017), to fight for environmental sustainability.

On Saturday, July 25, One Thing to Love focuses on Carbondale Arts, which builds community through art, with core values of creativity, collaboration, curiosity, education, and inclusion. Carbondale Arts presents the 49th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 24-26, 2020, and will host a virtual concert on Saturday night. The silent auction work is an analogue chromogenic photograph on fuji luster by artist
Liz Nielsen, titled Backyard Patio View (2019), provided by Elijah Wheat Showroom.

On Sunday, July 26, One Thing to Look Forward To focuses on The Art Base, which fosters creative expression in the visual arts for all ages and abilities, through educational opportunities, exhibitions, and events. The Art Base is looking forward to its annual 10x10 Name Unseen Silent Auction taking place July 31-August 16, 2020; and its new facility. The silent auction work is a painting by artist Don Eddy titled I Am Light and Shadow (2017), provided by Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

© Hassan Hajjaj, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Hassan Hajjaj, Alia Ali (from the series Vogue: The Arab Issue), 2014/1435 (Gregorian/Hijri).

Critic and curator Paul Laster (Time Out New York, Galerie, Art & Object, Sculpture, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Cultured, and ArtAsiaPacific) will present Five Artists, Five Mediums, Five Days – A Curated Selection for One Thing, an online exhibition featuring drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and film/video, accompanied by a series of online talks with three artists who have made an impact on the Aspen art community: Fred Tomaselli, Sanford Biggers, and Kelly Akashi.

The artists in the exhibition include Ramiro Gomez (P·P·O·W, New York), who offers a powerful painting that addresses issues of immigration and the “invisible” workforce that cares for other peoples' homes and children; Ilana Harris-Babou (Hesse Flatow, New York), screening two ironic videos that confront the contradictions of the American Dream through the aspirational language of consumer culture; Alex Anderson (Gavlak, Los Angeles and Palm Beach), showing three ceramic sculptures that poetically reference the black experience using aesthetic styles historically related to Western imperial power; Nicola Tyson (Petzel, New York), displaying four psychologically engaging figurative drawings of plants, animals, and people created in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic; and Hassan Hajjaj (Yossi Milo Gallery, New York), who presents five lively photographs that merge Western pop cultural influences with traditional Islamic aesthetics. These works will be for sale through the lending galleries.

As part of the One Thing program, Paul Laster will host the following Artist Zoom Talks:
July 22 at 1pm Eastern: Fred Tomaselli
July 24 at 1pm Eastern: Sanford Biggers
July 26 at 1pm Eastern: Kelly Akashi

Within the Curatorial Selections area of there will be featured lists of highlights from Intersect Aspen Chosen by art advisors and curators.

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