Lin May SaeedWinterfest: An Exhibition of Arts and Crafts
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
Winterfest: An Exhibition of Arts and Crafts consists of handmade artworks by local, national, and international contemporary artists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Rather than the formal presentation of a group show, these artworks are displayed within an exhibition architecture representing a cabin, mountains, and a lake, designed by US-based German artist Veit Laurent Kurz.
Kurz is well known for creating a number of immersive installations that have interpreted traditional Alpine cabin structures to house artist-curated exhibitions. For Winterfest, he again takes the natural landscape as inspiration for experimental architecture, this time creating an ambitious, large-scale installation as a surreal, festive backdrop for works that fall between arts and crafts.
Winterfest is based on the German tradition of jahresgaben—annual selling exhibitions conducted by kunstvereine (member-based art associations throughout Germany). Since the 1800s, these exhibitions have been mounted in Germany to support artists, as well as help fund the institutions’ programs. As such, Winterfest will financially aid artistic practice, with profits split between artists and the museum.
The exhibition features works by Kelly Akashi, Kerstin Brätsch, Beverly Buchanan, Richard Carter, Milano Chow, Beau Dick, Olivia Erlanger, Gina Fischli, Viola Frey, Owen Fu, Rochelle Goldberg, Jonas Lipps, Soshiro Matsubara, Malcolm Mooney, Brandon Ndife, Erin Jane Nelson, Precious Okoyomon, Silke Otto-Knapp, Matthew Langan-Peck, Giangiacomo Rossetti, Lin May Saeed, Niki de Saint Phalle, Cole Speck, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Amelie von Wulffen.