SOURCE: Painter Marc Dennis

August 18, 2015 00:39 ET

Marc Dennis Attends ArtCRUSH 2015, 8th Time in a Row

Summary: Annual Benefit for the Aspen Art Museum Was Attended by Major Figures in the Contemporary Art World

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 18, 2015) - ArtCRUSH is Aspen's premier summer event benefiting the Aspen Art Museum, hosted and chaired by Amy and John Phelan, prominent collectors in the contemporary art world, widely known for their incredible generosity and parties. The first week of August marks the gathering of artists, collectors, curators, gallery owners, celebrities, and philanthropists from around the world who converge in Aspen, CO for ArtCRUSH, a yearly benefit for the Aspen Art Museum.

This year's 12th Anniversary event included a renowned wine tasting event, known as WineCRUSH, with an all black-clad leather and velvet decor sponsored by Chanel's Division of Fine Jewelry. The main event, ArtCRUSH, which always includes a seated dinner for over 350 guests, included its annual Sotheby's sponsored silent and live auctions of contemporary art from prominent artists. Guests included Kris Jenner, Lance Armstrong, Domenico and Eleanore De Sole, Lisa Dennison, and many others.

The 2015 Aspen Award for Art presented annually was awarded to renowned contemporary artist Lorna Simpson, a photographer whose earliest work was as a documentary street photographer, before moving her observations of race and society into her studio where she began to combine words with photographs.

Celebrated contemporary artist Marc Dennis attended and exhibited for his 8th year in a row, along with other artist friends, Richard Phillips, Carlos "Dzine" Rolon, and Ken Solomon. Marc Dennis contributed an auction piece titled, "Three Jews Walk Into a Bar," a 2014 oil on linen painting featuring three Hassidic men, seen from behind standing in front of Edouard Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère," a famous painting depicting a scene in the Folies Bergère nightclub in Paris.

The painting exemplifies Manet's commitment to the Realism movement in its detailed representation of a contemporary scene. Rich in details, the painting provides clues to social class and milieu. Dennis' painting is also strikingly detailed and iconic in terms of his use of voyeuristic images of plausible situations. Using satire and irony as his muse, and with a definitive nod to Manet, Dennis saturates his work with truths and clichés about human behavior and the psychological, spiritual and physical relationships we forge with art.


Marc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings of subtly staged and slightly voyeuristic images of transformative possibilities that satirize and celebrate art, art history, and popular American culture. His paintings have been reviewed in the New York Times, Art News, Time Magazine, Vogue, Huffington Post, Jewish Week, Whitehot Magazine, Blackbook, The Forward, and he was recently featured as the cover artist for Art Voices spring 2015 issue and Modern Painters "25 Artists to Watch" spring 2013 issue.

His works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York City, London, UK, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Seattle. His works are in numerous private and public collections, including those of John and Amy Phelan, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Bill and Maria Bell, Beth DeWoody, David and Jennifer Stockman, Carl and Donna Hessel, Larry Gagosian, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Nancy Rogers, The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

Dennis has received grants for his work from Intermedia Arts, the Warhol Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Danvers, Massachusetts, he received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He, his wife, Rebecca, an aspiring fashion designer, and their two children, live and work in the posh neighborhood of Southwest Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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