Laurie Anderson embodied “Future Feminism” during a performance at the Hole’s new show. Photo courtesy of Danish artist Jesper Just (jesperjust).
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Since we’ve previously focused on art-world hangs like Beverly’s and Cafe Dancer, it might come as somewhat of a surprise that we’re choosing to grace riotous L.E.S. spot Hair of the Dog as a so-called “art bar.” Yes, it may be festooned with dozens of television screens tuned to major sporting events; and yes, on Sunday afternoons it may be filled with rowdy, drunk-too-early-in-the-day recreational soccer clubs, all wearing matching pink t-shirts and jabbering loudly over Top 40 pop music. And yes, it’s owned by a consortium that also helms such pun-titled dens of excess as Down the Hatch and The Thirteenth Step. But bear with us for a minute and you’ll see Hair of the Dog’s genius, or at least its genius-potential.
In the entry hall of collectors Amy and John Phelan’s Aspen home currently hangs a canvas that reads, “We gave a party for the Gods, and the Gods all came.” It’s a small work in comparison to the wall-size Raquib Shaw that hangs across from it and has far less star power than the significant works by Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Jack Pierson that lie across the threshold. But when the Phelans host Wine Crush, the bold-face name-studded, oenophilic event that kicks off the Aspen Art Museum’s annual Art Crush gala benefit weekend, the statement transforms from aspiration to truism.