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Here are the High Brow Art Openings to See This Summer

Plus, the grand re-opening of Aspen Historical Society's Wheeler-Stallard Museum.

By Andrew Travers May 24, 2017 Published in the Summer 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Wade Guyton, untitled, 2017. Epson UltraChrome HDR inkjet on linen, three panels: 69 x 150 inches. At the Aspen Art Museum.

Three locally based artists—Nancy Lovendahl, Ingrid Magidson, and Dina Sheldrake—have been mentoring local high schoolers considering careers in the arts through the Art Base’s Claudette Carter ARTmentors program. Since late last year, they’ve shepherded the young artists through the conceptual and creative processes. On June 9, they’ll guide them through their first opening, as the Basalt gallery hosts an exhibition of new works by the three mentees: Natalia Plascencia, Megan Rusby, and Mae Houston. theartbase.org 

Wade Guyton, Peter Fischli, and the late David Weiss are taking over the Aspen Art Museum this summer. All six museum galleries—along with the outdoor commons, roof deck sculpture garden, and some spaces where art has never been presented—will be filled with a single exhibition of works by the trio. Opening June 21, the show pairs installations from the decades-long collaboration between Fischli and Weiss with digital paintings by Guyton. aspenartmuseum.org

Walead Beshty, the Los Angeles–based artist who for the last 12 years has been shipping shatterproof glass boxes to art galleries in FedEx containers and exhibiting the cracked and shattered results, comes to Anderson Ranch Arts Center to talk about his work on July 13. The ranch’s Summer Series also includes talks by ceramicist William J. O’Brien and Independent Curators International director Renaud Proch. andersonranch.org

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Images like this one of town’s former A-frames can be found in the Aspen Historical Society’s newly renovated archive building.

The Aspen Historical Society’s (AHS) long-awaited archive building renovation is done, and the nonprofit’s Wheeler-Stallard Museum is celebrating with an exhibition of photos from its voluminous collection of more than 30,000 images. The show is community-curated, with images selected by AHS donors, who have also written short stories about what the pictures of Aspen’s past mean to them. The new exhibit opens July 14, followed by a lawn party to toast the archive’s new home. aspenhistory.org

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Mr. Brainwash

Mr. Brainwash, the controversial videographer-turned-street-artist-turned-international-artworld-superstar, and beguiling subject of the 2010 Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, takes over the Cha Cha Gallery this summer with a show that includes work from the past decade. His paintings go up June 15, and Mr. Brainwash himself will be in town for a can’t-miss official opening July 20chachagallery.com

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s 2017 National Artist Honoree is Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu. A giant of contemporary African art whose work hangs in major museums worldwide, Mutu’s incisive work has taken an unblinking look at colonialism and sexism through collage, film, performance, and sculpture. She’ll be in Snowmass Village to accept her award and give a talk on July 20. andersonranch.org






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