Eyes On Art: Aspen

Where to look and what to see at top galleries in Aspen this summer.
“Woody Creek Tavern,” 2022, David Yarrow

By Linda Hayes

Hexton Gallery

Modern and contemporary gallery owner and founder Bob Chase’s affinity for environmentally based work will be displayed this summer, with the August 1 opening of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Ephemeral Nature. The show, which marks the 50th anniversary of the “Valley Curtain” installation the couple installed in Colorado’s Rifle Gap, features works that have never been shown to the public, along with Christo’s collection of original drawings, collages and wrapped objects. 447 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen, 970.925.1616; hextongallery.com

“Tertiary” by Richard Carter, on view at The Art Base

The Art Base

In historic downtown Basalt, The Art Base fosters creative expression for all ages and abilities. A lower gallery level exhibits the works of established and emerging Colorado artists, as well as local students. Upper floors house classrooms for everything from painting to sculpture to photography, all under the mindful direction of Executive Director Skye Skinner. Upcoming exhibitions include Andrea Wendel’s Purposeful Objects (5/27-6/24), and an exhibit by local artists Wally Graham and Teal Wilson (7/1-7/30).
174 Midland Ave., Basalt, 970.927.4123; theartbase.org

“Wildflowers” by Tania Dibbs, mixed media

Tania Dibbs Studio & Gallery

“Urgent” and “relevant” are the words artist Tania Dibbs uses to describe the intriguing work she turns out in her serene Basalt gallery. Painting over her modern land- and skyscapes, screens and wet-on-wet overlays, the oil on canvas beneath is both highlighted and obscured, speaking to the beauty of nature and the conflicting, fantastic constructs of man. 280 Roaring Fork Court, Basalt, 970.948.4075; taniadibbs.com


One Hour Ahead

Ashley Wein, founder and CEO of Atlas Fine, a luxury jewelry brand, and premium art adviser Sarah Calodney are the force behind One Hour Ahead, which partners with select blue-chip galleries and luxury fashion brands to curate unique design spaces in Aspen. A collaboration with New York City owner-gallerist Marianne Boesky and international Carpenters Workshop Gallery is slated to run June 30 through September 7.601 E. Hyman Ave., 2nd Floor, Aspen; onehourahead.com

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude/The Umbrellas, Japan—USA, 1984-91 (1)” by Wolfgang Volz © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Richard Carter

One of the original members of the Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, which evolved into the Aspen Art Museum, Richard Carter will be part of a five-person show at the Hexton Gallery, July 15-30, with paintings from his current series Anomalies, Unconformities, & Variations. Carter pairs with pedestal sculptor Chris Cox for a two-person show on August 26 at Basalt’s The Art Base, where he will display new paintings based on his study of geology, along with his dialogue with the author John McPhee. Carter works out of his riverside studio in Basalt. Visits by appointment only: 310.344.4750, dc@richardcarterart.com; richardcarterart.com

“Chinensis,” 2022, by Hunt Slonem, oil on canvas, on display at McHugh Gallery

McHugh Gallery

Expanding in reach and creativity for over 30 years, Ricki and John McHugh’s intimate gallery is well known for an ever-evolving collection of 16th-century to 18th-century antiques, found objects, paintings, sculpture and more, sourced from travels to France, New Zealand, Belgium and Italy. This summer, find works by Hunt Slonem, Helmut Koller, Lloyd Martin and Rob Tucker. New this season is local artist Suzan Lotus Obermeyer. 607 E. Cooper Ave., 970.925.4212, mchughaspen@me.com 

“Timeless Royalty” by Ingrid Dee Magidson


In June 2021, artists Sybil Hill Carter and Ingrid Dee Magidson opened the doors to Gallery 101 along the Fryingpan River in Basalt. Carter is now creating abstracts using inks and resin reminiscent of nature. Magidson, known for her layered images of Renaissance and baroque figures, has exhibited her work in museums and galleries from New York to Gstaad. 231 Midland Ave., Suite No. 101, Basalt, 970.279.5184; gallery101basalt.com


Baldwin Gallery

Founded in 1994 by Richard Edwards, this is a must-stop for gallery hoppers. Summer shows include: Andres Serrano, The Robots, June 24 to July 24; Laurie Simmons, Clothes Make The Man II, 1991–2021; and Ryan McGinness, kraftworks, July 29 to September 5. 209 S. Galena St., 970.920.9797; baldwingallery.com


Casterline Goodman

Gallerists and consultants Robert Casterline and Jordan Goodman and their team have an extensive understanding of the global art market, regularly traveling to gallery shows, museum exhibitions and auctions around the world. This summer, the gallery is honored to release photographer David Yarrow’s newest work, which was captured in Aspen this past spring, and embodies Aspen’s history, glamour and grit; 24-year-old Alexander Höller’s exclusive new work, created this spring while Höller was an artist-in-residence at the gallery; and the powerful paintings of Alison Van Pelt, who is newly signed with the gallery as a primary artist.
611 E. Cooper Ave. and 631 E. Durant Ave., 970.925.1339; casterlinegoodman.com