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A Work of Art: A collection for the true art collector in a masterpiece home

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“Pinto” by Peter Doig, Etching on Paper, 2001

A masterpiece is, by definition, a work of outstanding skill or workmanship. It is an artist or craftsman’s best piece of work. To an art collector, it’s something that can never truly be defined, and possibly a pursuit that might transpire over the course of a lifetime.

For Albert Sanford, curating masterworks is just another day at the office. As the owner of Galerie Maximillian and fine art collector and dealer for over 27 years, Sanford’s specialty is important original works on paper by internationally acclaimed artists, as well as European contemporary. “What that means is these are original prints the artists created through various print making techniques, printing plates to actually make these works,” Sanford says.

So when Lorrie Winnerman completed her masterpiece, a downtown Aspen Penthouse renovation/development project that would showcase the best that Aspen real estate had to offer, she hand-selected Sanford to create an art collection for the house that would reflect the carefully cultivated aesthetic that creating this custom home required. “This home is truly is, in of itself a work of art,” Winneman says. “It’s a one-of-a-kind property on the quiet side of the downtown core, no loud trucks or buses or noise from people passing by. The views and the setting demanded we step it up for the interior design and do something really special. So we decided to fill the walls with something extraordinary; art for the true collector.”

The collaboration between Lorrie B Aspen & Associates and Gallerie Maxmillian truly is it’s own kind of masterpiece. In Albert Sanford’s words, a guide of The Penthouse Collection:

PROFIL EN TROIS COULEURS

To the right of the fireplace in the main living room, we have “Profile En Trois Couleurs: Portrait de Jacquiline ” by Pablo Picasso, 1956.
This is an original color lithograph by Pablo Picasso, who is the greatest artists of 20th century. It is a portrait of his wife at the time, whose name was Jacquiline. The piece was done in mid-1950s and is actually about 60 years old. Picasso drew on a stone and then that piece was printed from there. It signed in pencil. This particular impression is what’s called an artists proof, so it’s fairly rare—and it’s in excellent condition for something that is 60 years old.

Just next to the Picasso is another lithograph by Jean Dubuffet, “L’enfle Chique” 1963

L Enfle Chique

Dubuffet was one of the most important postwar artists to live and work in France. He was perhaps best known for founding a movement called “Art Brut” and his idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced “low art” as he was an untrained artist, someone we might equate today as an “outsider artist.” He is an artist who really developed his technique on his own; he didn’t go to art school or have formal training. He worked spontaneously, and his style is very primitive as he was inspired by primitive art, art of the mentally insane, and art of children. You can see that this piece is very whimsical. This is also an original lithograph.

At the top of the main entryway staircase are two large scale pieces by Peter Doig, “The Drifter” and “Pinto”

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“The Drifter”

Doig was born in Scotland but is identified now as British, though he grew up in Canada and is now living in Trinidad. He is considered to be one of the most important figurative painters in contemporary art today. His unique paintings are now selling for between $10 million – $20 million dollars at auction. He’s a really significant contemporary artist and has become one of the big names. These pieces are original prints. They’re actually various engraving techniques, and it’s just too much information to go into all the different techniques he uses. These are two of eight large scale pieces that this artist ever created.

“The Drifter” is photo based. His work is about recollection and nostalgia.

He depicts these scenes he has seen in his life and photographs them; they have great personal meaning to him. That was a real cowboy he’d seen on a side of a road in bright morning light. He liked the effect of that.

“Pinto” is a pony in a field. It’s a beautiful pastoral scene that evokes a time and place and that’s what his work is about.

In the office, “20th Century Fox” a large scale photograph by Dick Muniz is the focal point of the room.

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Muniz is a really important contemporary artist. What he does is large-scale photography of assemblages. Here, he has actually taken a very famous painting by the artist Edward Ruscha who was living in California in the 70s and big on the LA art scene. Ruscha did a famous painting called 20th Century Fox that is part of the Whitney Collection in New York. Dick took these old hot rods, channeling the LA car culture and cut up the bodies, and he made a collage or an assemblage with the metal and then he photographed it. So at first glance it looks like a Ruscha, but it’s actually a Muniz. He’s done this tech with many mediums: chocolate syrup, diamonds, caviar, dust, chards of newspaper, and on and on and on. He essentially reinterprets famous images by other artists using household items and then he photographs them on a very large scale.

Dick Muniz was honored by Andersen Ranch has had museum shows all over the world. He is very famous for getting an Academy nomination for “Wasteland,” a documentary film about garbage kicker culture in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and how he then took this garbage and made portraits of the people who work with it. It’s really fascinating stuff.

For more information on the Penthouse and its art collection, please don’t hesitate to contact us.