July 16, 2015 @ Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado
Last week at Aspen's ritzy Hotel Jerome, bedecked with antlers, antique mahogany furniture and vintage American flags, a ballroom of culturally-minded patrons gathered for the annual Anderson Ranch Arts Center Recognition Dinner, raising $700,000.
Anderson Ranch, founded in 1966, hosts art workshops, lectures and residencies at a rolling campus dotted with ranch buildings in Snowmass Valley, just outside Aspen. More than 1000 students will take 140 workshops, in disciplines ranging from printmaking to woodturning to painting, this summer. In June Ron Nagle taught a ceramics class—his seventh appearance at the ranch—and artists Arlene Shechet and Ryan Trecartin are among this summer's anticipated speakers. Ken Price, Jennifer Bartlett and Steve McQueen have also visited. Participants from the early days include West Coast wood maven Sam Maloof and ceramicist Paul Soldner.
Frank Stella—whose fall Whitney Museum survey is on the horizon-was among the 2015 honorees, along with philanthropists David and Jennifer Stockman. The Jerome ballroom was packed with the Anderson Ranch fan club including Domenico De Sole, chairman of Sotheby's board of directors, his wife Eleanore, Stella's New York-based dealer Marianne Boesky, Aspen Institute trustee Mercedes Bass, and Miami collectors Debra and Dennis Scholl.
The dinner capped off a weeklong series of events in support of Anderson Ranch, including a lunchtime conversation between Stella and independent curator Jeffrey Grove. The artist discussed some his artistic heroes including Ellsworth Kelly, Hans Hofmann and 15th-century Dutch painter Rogier van der Weyden. The 79-year-old Stella was evidently unaffected by altitude sickness, also appearing as the star attraction at a cocktail party held in his honor at the home of Anderson Ranch trustee Janice Beck.