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Contemporary art tour in Beaver Creek

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyA long hallway in the Faulconer residence features a series of Jaume Plense "self portraits" that layer digitally manipulated photographs appropriated from 19th century ethnographic journals with semi-transparent, embossed vellum sheets and fragments of block letter text from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

VAIL ” On Tuesday the Vail Symposium will host the second installment of its new arts and culture series, featuring local art collections. This tour will include exceptional works of hot contemporary artists.

“The passion of a private collector translates into an unique alternative to museuming. This tour features some of the most sought-after contemporary artists. Seeing their works up close, in a home setting, is absolutely precious,” said Fraidy Aber, the executive director of the Vail Symposium. “We will be spending time with each piece, to hear its collection story and to gain a glimpse into the artist’s background and style.”

Ardent contemporary art collectors Vernon and Amy Faulconer will open their Beaver Creek residence to the Vail Symposium for a private home art tour on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The impact of the Faulconer’s passion for contemporary art is felt in museums from Dallas to London. Vernon is an active member of the board of Grinnell College, his alma mater, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees at both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Chianti Foundation. Along with his wife Amy, Vernon has been collecting contemporary art for years.

The Faulconer residence features several works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, including: Americans Susan Rothenberg, Tom Wesselman and John Chamberlain; German painter and sculptor Anselm Keifer; English artists Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor and Cecily Brown; Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima; and other seminal and hot contemporary artists. The residence shows how architect Kyle Web incorporated the contemporary tastes and preference for light and space into the structure of the Faulconer home.

Jaume Plense and Anish Kapoor can be recognized from their major works in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Both artists just received honorary degrees from the Chicago Art Institute for their displays, adjacent to the Chicago Art Institute. The Kapoor “bean” that shows the entire Chicago skyline is a regular feature in tourist photos. Spanish artist Jaume Plense’s interactive Crown Fountain “spits” water, keeping park goers cool in the Chicago summers. Both Chicago masters are showcased in the Faulconer home. Hanging on the wall is a coveted Kaproor sculpture. A long hallway features a series of Plense “Self-Portraits,” which layer digitally manipulated photographs appropriated from 19th century ethnographic journals with semi-transparent, embossed vellum sheets and fragments of block letter text from Shakespeare’s tragic play Macbeth.

A vivid, colorful Cecily Brown is hanging in the media room. Known for her lush surfaces and energetic brushwork, Brown is one of a group of young English artists currently making a splash on the international art scene and she has gained much attention and acclaim in recent years.

The grandkids share their playroom with a bright green Tony Oursler. Oursler, a New York artist who graduated from the California Institute for the Arts, animates non-living objects with the use of projectors. His video animation technique, admittedly influenced by the MTV generation, enlivens faces and spaces in a non-traditional way, a technique often likened to as a sort of puppet theatre. The Faulconers selected an Oursler piece that shows a moving eye and pair of lips surrounded by a green blob to entertain and stimulate curiosity from all who enter the room.

Regarded as the father of Op-Art in the 1960s, Victor Vasarely (1908-1997), a Hungarian-French master, achieved great fame by transforming the visual experience through geometric abstract art. An impressive black-and-white piece greets you as you turn a corner in the home. The influence of his optical illusions and images has affected not only the art world, but also the worlds of fashion, architecture, computer science and popular culture. Vasarely’s work can be seen in permanent collections around the world, as well as ever propagating his motto, “Art for all.”

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