Intersect Aspen, An Online Viewing Room Replacing Art Aspen, Will Be Live July 22-26, 2020

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Intersect Art and Design announces Intersect Aspen, an online viewing room replacing Art Aspen for the 2020 edition due to COVID-19. Intersect Aspen will be live from July 22-26, 2020 at

Intersect Art and Design’s president Dirk von Gal explains, “The Intersect team has worked diligently to pivot to a virtual platform, which will provide a dynamic experience for dealers, collectors, and the general public, and will support galleries and artists. It’s a fresh start for the fair as we plan for future editions. Our hope is to foster social connectivity through art while maintaining physical distancing through this online fair.”

Art Aspen 2018 | Daisy Patton, Untitled (The Gardener), 2018. Oil and mixed media on panel. 80 x 102 x 2 inches. Courtesy of K Contemporary.
Art Aspen 2018 | Daisy Patton, Untitled (The Gardener), 2018. Oil and mixed media on panel. 80 x 102 x 2 inches. Courtesy of K Contemporary.

Becca Hoffman, Managing Director of Intersect Art and Design says, “Intersect Aspen aims to pave the way for connection to a broader and more diverse dynamic of national and international galleries along with a robust global collector base through an online experience that they can participate in safely from home. Intrinsically tied to the interconnectivity of our digital platform is the importance and focus on giving back to Aspen’s local and regional cultural institutions which will be done through a daily silent auction entitled One Thing.”

One Thing will provide exclusive content from Intersect Aspen exhibitors, focusing on a single artist or artwork each day from Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26. Each day will have a specific focus: One Thing to celebrate, to be thankful for, to fight for, to love, and to look forward to. At the end of each day, a silent auction of featured artwork will raise money for local and regional beneficiaries.

Cultural partners of One Thing include The Art Base, Carbondale Arts, and Theatre Aspen, with others to be announced.

Additionally, critic and curator Paul Laster (Time Out New YorkGalerieArt & ObjectSculptureHarper’s Bazaar ArabiaCultured, and ArtAsiaPacific) will present 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.

Intersect Art and Design’s portfolio comprises:

Intersect Aspen, which is an annual art and cultural event in the heart of one of the nation’s most prestigious collector communities. In 2020 it is an online-only event, replacing Art Aspen, which has been running since 2012.

SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design), the largest and oldest of the three fairs, takes place annually at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, fiber arts, and design. It has been running since 1993.

Art Palm Springs, which traditionally has occurred in conjunction with Modernism Week at the Palm Springs Convention Center, presents post-war and contemporary art and has been running since 2012.

About Intersect Art and Design
Intersect Art and Design is a partnership between brothers Tim and Dirk von Gal, who are event industry veterans with more than 50 years of combined experience creating successful trade shows and conferences for business, consumer, and art industry sectors. Intersect’s portfolio includes Intersect Aspen, SOFA Chicago, and Art Palm Springs. The three fairs had been under the umbrella of Tim von Gal’s former company Urban Expositions (founded in 1995), which was acquired by Clarion in 2015. The von Gal brothers’ launch of Intersect in April 2020 brings the fairs back under their management once again. Intersect is part of vGMgt LLC, which is a team of dedicated professionals focused on customer service, integrity, and the experiential value of Intersect Art and Design.
Managing Director Becca Hoffman, who joined Intersect Art and Design in April 2020, was the Director of the Outsider Art Fair from 2013 – 2020, and was formerly the director of Peter Findlay Gallery, and Andrew Edlin Gallery. Hoffman received her B.A. in Fine Art Photography from Dartmouth where she helped start the first student art gallery and worked at the Hood Museum of Art. From there, Hoffman achieved her M.A. in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London.
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