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Erik Vienneau

Before Kent Logan retired and built his home in Vail, with his wife Vicki, he woke up worrying about the type of faltering stock market and sagging economy littering the headlines today. Keeping an eye on accounting practices, watching interest rates and monitoring corporate profits led him to be a successful and eventually wealthy investment banker.Now his concerns are more about the aesthetics of life than the material aspects. The Logans have amassed a 200-artist, 900-piece, contemporary art collection complete with major works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damian Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquait – that is one of the top-12 in the country.A desire to view, not just loan out, (Logan just donated more than 200 works to the Denver Art Museum) and store such a prominent collection pushed the Logans in a new direction last year. Logan has now replaced stock-market-woes with a new baby to fret over.She’s about 7,000 square feet, boasts four floors and is a free-standing private gallery of a magnitude unparalleled in the ski resorts of the Rocky Mountains.”A lot of people in Aspen fill their homes with art,” says Dean Sobel director of the Aspen Art Museum, who worked with the Logans on a Warhol, Koons and Hirst exhibition last summer. “What is unique here is that the Logans just kept on building and have a separate viewing space for their art.”The recently completed private gallery located in back of the couples Potato Patch Lane residence (the home already boasts 150 pieces throughout the living space) now holds 250 of the 900 modern and contemporary art sculptures, paintings and drawings in their impressive collection. Even the garage is packed with half-uncrated works by artists as revered as Vanessa Beecroft and Gary Hume.An opening exhibition, aimed at reflecting the depth and variety of works in the collection, is attracting an invite-only crowd of some of the world’s top contemporary artists, collectors and museum curators to Vail, Sunday, July 21. They’ll be here to enjoy the collection which has a foundation in master works from 60s and 70s with a majority of works representing the “pop-art” of the 80s and the 90s.One of the couple’s recent purchases totaled $300,000 and is a statue by German-artist Katharina Fritsch referred to as the Dealer. It stands in a triangle facing the eerie Monk and Doctor sculptures on the fourth floor of the gallery.Although the space was constructed for the enjoyment of the Logans and their friends, the couple has a goal of “setting the stage for further expansion of the contemporary art scene in Vail.”Logan says Vail’s modern visual art scene has “no critical mass” and that “prior to this, the contemporary art scene in Vail was considerably less vibrant than it is in Aspen.”As Vail continues to add the visual arts to their already successful performing arts scene, Logan thinks the town has some marketing home-work to do.”Vail has done a poor job of marketing it’s cultural offerings to the world,” Logan says. “The world is aware of Aspen’s summer season but they don’t see what we have.” Vicki adds, “no one knows that we have a world-class performing arts center like the Vilar Center or how developed the Bravo! organization is.”Kent hopes to see the valley “make a more concerted effort to project the fact that there is a vibrant, strong and dynamic cultural aspect to the summer season in Vail.”Seeming to borrow the “go big or go home,” attitude found on the ski slopes of Vail the Logans seem to be well underway (within two years of becoming Vail residents) to making a large contribution to Vail and Colorado’s art heritage.In mid-July Logan announced the formation of the Colorado Contemporary Arts Collaboration, a relationship dedicated to promoting modern and contemporary art in Colorado.Three major organizations, the Denver Art Museum, the Aspen Art Museum and the Logan Collection here in Vail plan to work closely to present complementary exhibitions and educational activities in Denver, Aspen and Vail and to focus on raising the overall profile of visual arts in the Rocky Mountain Region.”All three of these organizations are reaching milestones over the next several years and it was a natural fit to support each other by increasing awareness of the contemporary art offerings in our region,” says Lewis Sharp, Director of the Denver Art Museum.Logan is most looking forward to the 2005 opening of a new 146,000 square foot exhibition space in part dedicated to modern art at the Denver Art Museum. He hopes the AAM, the DAM and his gallery will create enough energy to make an impression on the international art scene.”I’m a believer in creating critical mass,” Logan says. “Through joint promotion and the fact that we’re all within 200 miles of each other, the area will be unparalleled between the two coasts (on the modern art front).”

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