During the busy season (or what locals refer to as “on season”) of Aspen, the town is brimmed with sensory stimulation. The gorgeous scenery and alpine spirit inspire a perfect visual dialogue, which can be just as inspiring off the mountain as it is on piste. Art can be found throughout Aspen as well as the surrounding hillsides.
Artistic soul-searching and personal satisfaction are highly encouraged in quirky mountain towns like Aspen. For art lovers and collectors, Aspen boasts a plethora of galleries and exhibitions. Whether you’re searching for an eye-catching sculpture, a conversation-starting wall piece, or a genuine modern masterpiece, Aspen has a gallery catering to the most sophisticated tastes and distinguished styles. Shoppers will notice most art galleries in Aspen have the moniker “fine” attached to their name, meaning one thing: they are not cheap.
Before pulling out your wallet and setting abound on a full-blown Aspen art escapade, it is probably wise to acquaint yourself on the breadth and depth of the gallery scene. Remember – art appreciation through your time and thoughtful consideration is free and just as valuable for yourself and everyone involved. AKA you don’t have to buy it to love it.
Aspen’s newest gallery on the scene, Skye Gallery rotates contemporary, emerging, and established artists through their doors. Known for their opening parties and eye-catching exhibitions, this corner sanctuary is not to be missed!
Galerie Maximillian boasts an incredible collection of modern masters, including paintings and sketches by Francis Bacon, Marc Chagall, DeBuffet, Matisse, and Picasso. A collection of surreal, hypnotizing spin engravings by contemporary British impresario Damien Hirst is currently on exhibition and for sale to serious collectors. Other artists on display include Peter Doig, Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Richard Prince, and Kathy Taslitz.
Peter Lik is one of the world’s most celebrated landscape photographers. Lik’s Aspen gallery displays his prowess behind the lens. The colors in Lik’s photographs are mesmerizing, making it easy to see why everyone from rapper/producer Dr. Dre to former US President Bill Clinton collect his work.
From the outside, Aspen Grove Fine Art resembles a well lit fine art mini-mall. This two-story gallery features oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, and photography. Many pieces concentrate on distinct Western Americana themes and subjects. Be sure to check out the gallery’s schedule for frequent exhibitions of local and nationally acclaimed artists.
Baldwin Gallery showcases modern artists on a variety of media, ranging from unique watercolor/video fusion pieces to photography. This is an excellent place to acquaint with the current international superstars and emerging undercurrents in contemporary art.
Omnibus offers an eccentric collection of vintage posters. The gallery is one of the largest antique poster galleries in the world, with many predating World War II and using stone lithography printing methods. Many iconic French printmakers and illustrators are represented, including Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard. This is the perfect place for browsing and buying the vast collection of fascinating automobile advertisements from a bygone era, authentic Pan Am Airlines exotic travel posters circa 1930, or an original Gone With the Wind movie poster.
The Red Brick Gallery features exhibits by local artists in the Roaring Fork Valley. The exhibits rotate frequently. The space hosts artists-in-residence and offers year-round art classes to the public.
Best of all, these and other galleries are in easy walking distance in downtown Aspen! If you’re staying at one of our core of Aspen condominiums, like Chateau Aspen, many of these galleries and showrooms are practically next door. Whether you’re not a skier or are just taking a day off of shredding the mountain, you can spend a perfect day exploring incredible art by local and global artist – interspersed, of course, by visits to restaurants and cafes.