Virtual art fair (formerly Art Aspen) presents African design to a new audience of US collectors
Southern Guild is pleased to announce its participation in Intersect Aspen, an online viewing room and virtual art fair presenting over 102 international exhibitors from 27 countries. Intersect Aspen is the new name of Art Aspen, an annual art and cultural event in the heart of one of the USA’s most prestigious collector communities in Colorado.
Intersect Aspen will be live Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26,2020 at Art-Aspen.com
“We are excited to present collectible design and functional art by South Africa’s most compelling makers to a new audience in the USA,” said Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of Southern Guild with her husband Julian McGowan. “Some of these collectors will not have encountered African design before, and while we won’t be able to introduce them to it face to face, Intersect Aspen’s platform allows for a rich exchange, showcasing short films about our artists and highlighting their work via an innovative social media campaign.”
For Intersect Aspen, Southern Guild has curated a collection of hand-crafted furniture, lighting, sculpture and ceramics by the following leading South African artists: Andile Dyalvane, Atang Tshikare, Charles Haupt, Chuma Maweni, Conrad Hicks, Dokter and Misses, Gregor Jenkin, Jesse Ede, Justine Mahoney, Madoda Fani, Otto du Plessis, Paco Pakdoust in collaboration with Conrad Botes and John Murray, Porky Hefer, Rich Mnisi, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Xandre Kriel, Xavier Clarisse and Zizipho Poswa.
In addition to accessing the fair through art-aspen.com, visitors may also visit the fair through Artsy. As Intersect Aspen’s Main Marketplace Partner, Artsy will offer the online showcase from the fair’s opening on July 22 until August 22, extending exhibitors’ visibility after the virtual event has ended.
As part of Intersect Aspen, a special project called One Thing will provide exclusive content from exhibitors, focusing on a single artist or artwork each day from Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26, 2020. Each day will have a specific focus: One Thing to celebrate, One Thing to be thankful for, One Thing to fight for, One Thing to love, and One Thing to look forward to. At the end of each day, a silent auction of featured artwork will raise money for local and regional cultural partners.
Critic and curator Paul Laster (Time Out New York, Galerie, Art & Object, Sculpture, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Cultured, and ArtAsiaPacific) willpresent Five Artists, Five Mediums, Five Days – A Curated Selection for One Thing, featuring drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and film/video,accompanied by a series of online talks.