Exemplary Works from Aspen Art Museum’s Annual ArtCrush Gala

Groundbreaking paintings and sculptures from Rashid Johnson, Larry Bell, Zoe Crosher, Leo Villareal and more

For its 14th annual summer gala, the Aspen Art Museum presented—and auctioned off—works of exceptional artistic merit. The event, known as ArtCrush, featured paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces from some of the most beloved names producing art. And from a silent auction to a riveting live auction (with ten artworks that fetched astronomical numbers), ArtCrush accumulated necessary funds to sustain the museum’s programming. Anyone …

Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up San Francisco’s Bay Bridge Permanently

A long-term return of the beloved outdoor installation

We have been following light artist Leo Villareal‘s The Bay Lights exhibition since its announcement back in 2011. Villareal succeeded—magnificently—in setting San Francisco’s iconic Bay Bridge aglow in March 2013. The visceral, undulating art piece remained in place for two years. Now, The Bay Lights will return (on 30 January at 7:25PM PST) and they will remain on—at the request of the State of California—from …

Charged: Leo Villareal Interview

The light sculptor on his Burning Man origins and how "The Bay Lights" has changed everything

by Michael Slenske Two decades ago, New York-based light sculptor Leo Villareal attended Burning Man (the annual week-long art event in Black Rock City, Nevada, which culminates around a wooden sculpture of a man set on fire) and the experience changed his life. A few years later Villareal returned to the Nevada desert with a 16-strobe light beacon of his own design, which he fixed …