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Auction Picks

Here you’ll find a selection of picks from our 2021 ArtCrush auction and exhibition by artists, curators, collectors, and more!

To view all the lots and to bid now visit sothebys.com/aspenartmuseum

All purchases from the auction support the museum’s curatorial and education programs and are 100% tax deductible. There are no buyers fees with purchases through the AAM’s auction with Sotheby’s.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Cerith Wyn Evans


Cerith Wyn Evans’s gloriously uncategorizable oeuvre has spanned installation works, sculptures, photography, film, text and a recent collaboration with industrial-music pioneers Throbbing Gristle. Preoccupations with language and perception generally lead the works, from an exhibition at Tate Britain in which a computer randomly selected lines from William Blake’s poetry to be reflected off a disco ball in Morse code format to -Inverse, Perverse, Reverse, - a large circular mirror that showed viewers’ reflections upside down, referencing Lacan’s mirror-stage theory of identity while throwing a wrench into the expected experience of representation. Evans has said he wants his work to function as a catalyst or reservoir of possible meanings that, for the viewer, could unravel many discursive journeys

To learn more about Cerith Wyn Evans, Neon Forms (after Noh XI), click here.

Precious Okoyomon


I got to know Precious Okoyomon several years ago through her poetry. For Okoyomon, there is no boundary between poetry and visual art. Okoyomon explained this to me in one of our conversations: “There is no separation for me between them. I’m inspired by poetry and that influences me and then I just make the objects that remind me of my poetry that I feel like I can physically hold and see.” The works manifest a discrepancy between that which is perceived, and that which is seen. The flowers on I’m Tired and I Want Nothing That I Don’t Already Have are part of a dream landscape whose world is a living poem. But the flowers are suffering pain; their burning ground indicates an ecological catastrophe. Okoyomon lends these horrors bright and cheerful colors, as well as an almost childish presentation in contrast to the motif - innocence in contrast to the unbelievable suffering that we experience. This tension can also be found in other works by Okoyomon, as well as in the artist’s unique presence.


To learn more about Precious Okoyomon’s my heart makes my head swim (ditto, ditto battle angel), click here.

Emanoel Araujo


Hans Ulrich Obrist was in conversation with artist Emanoel Araujo, and the interview has been published in English by L’Officiel on the occasion of ArtCrush:

Artist Emanoel Araujo Speaks to Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist About the Future of Brazil (lofficielusa.com)

Emanoel Araujo’s long artistic career has seen him work as a sculptor, designer, costume illustrator, engraver, set designer, painter, curator, and museologist. Among his many important endeavors, he has curated numerous international exhibitions, including those by such diverse artists as Rodin, Aristide Maillol, Camille Claudel, Antoine Bourdelle, Niki de Saint Phalle, as well as various exhibitions focusing on Afro-Brazilian image and culture.

To learn more about Emanoel Araujo’s, untitled, 1972, and to bid now click here.

Mary Zlot

co-founder of art advisory firm Zlot Buell and AAM National Council Member

Mary Corse


“Mary Corse is a legend of the Light and Space Movement who has been refining her practice over the past 50 years. She is known for her strong minimal works utilizing industrial materials to mesmerizing ends. This is from a series in which Corse moulds ceramic to effect the texture of the earth, finishing it with a seductive iridescent surface. The artist has returned to this offbeat and wonderful cycle since 1978. I appreciate the sense of the artist’s hand and the organic world, which are less dominant in her other works.”

To learn more about Mary Corse’s untitled (black earth) click here.

Rita Ackermann


“I love how the figures in this tempestuous painting are obscured by smears and gashes of thick pigment; the intensity of Ackermann’s gestures is balanced by the jubilant colors. This painting is from her Mama series, which begin with subconscious automatic drawings that are then built up with layers of paint and images, blurring the boundaries between abstraction and figuration. Dedicating this series to her mother, who she speaks to every day before starting her paintings, Ackermann reacts to each moment and thought while painting. Although her compositions resist narratives, the resulting complexity of Ackermann’s lines, form and color create subjects all their own that allow the painting to unfold before your eyes in surprising ways.”

To learn more about Rita Ackermann’s Mama, The Gamblers, click here.

Sanya Kantarovsky


“Sanya Kantarovsky’s darkly humorous and beautifully rendered paintings are simultaneously hyper-stylized and emotionally penetrating. The titular ‘intestine’ in this watercolor acts as a sort of Rococo frame, perfectly presenting the surly subject to the viewer. The result is intense, puzzling, and deeply memorable; like all of Kantarovsky’s works, it sticks with you.”

To learn more and to bid now on Sayna Kantarovksy’s Intestine click here.

Rebecca Siegel

Director of Americas and Content, Frieze Fairs

Kelly Akashi

“Akashi’s sculptures conjure something magical from glass, a material that’s hard and non-porous, but ultimately quite fragile. The objects have that same uncanny balance: beautiful but sinister.”

To learn more and to bid on Kelly Akashi’s Cultivator (Binatus), click here.

Catherine Opie

“Opie sees faces, not façades; she sees people who have lived whole lives, with families, lovers, homes, and histories. I cannot imagine a better photographer for someone who wants to be captured with integrity and honesty.”

To learn more about Catherine Opie’s commission click here.

Van Hanos

“Van Hanos’s paintings somehow negotiate the chasm between photorealism and impressionism as though it were a fine line. I want to see the world through his eyes.”

To learn more about Van Hanos’ Second Hare, click here.

Amy Phelan

Co-chair of ArtCrush 2021

Marc Dennis


“My husband John and I have been huge fans of Marc’s work for many years and are lucky to count many of his paintings as favorites in our collection. I love the presence of the collector in this painting and the reflection of the Koons bunny — Marc is super talented at bringing you into his beautifully crafted universe.”

To learn more and to bid on Marc Dennis’ Portrait of a young artist dreaming of becoming a full time artist, click here.

Mary Weatherford


“This painting is gorgeous — it’s an iconic painting of Mary’s style and over the top generous to support us (after 2 years of work!!). I love the way the neon both blends into the palette here yet stands out completely as its own work of art.”

To learn more about Mary Weatherford’s Outer Reaches of Space, Reason, and Time, click here.


Angel Otero


“Angel continues to be one of my favorite painters. The palette of this painting is amazing — unexpected and interesting, creating a soft yet alluring work. This is also an incredible size and scale, allowing the viewer to really be engulfed in the work.”

To learn more and to bid on Angel Otero’s Blue Pineapple, click here.

Adam Stamp


“There is nothing better than an artwork that brings a smile to your face every time you see it and that is what this work does for me — It’s clever and whimsical. I couldn’t stop thinking about it since I saw it.”

To learn more about Adam Stamp’s Bottom’s Up! (Ski-Tini) edition of 1 + 1AP, click here.