Lift Ticket Artwork Program

Since 2005, Aspen Snowmass has treated ski passes as canvases for works of art. The idea of inviting contemporary artists to participate in the cultural life of the valley was first proposed to us by the Aspen Art Museum. Ever since, skiers and snowboarders on Aspen’s four mountains have accessed the slopes with ski passes displaying the work of artists including Takashi Murakami, Hank Willis Thomas, Yutaka Sone, Carla Klein, Mamma Andersson, and Mark Grotjahn.

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  • Susan Te Kahurangi King

    When you think of skiing, what emotion comes to mind: Exhilaration? Bliss?

    For the 2019–2020 ski season, Aspen Snowmass is proud to be working with Susan Te Kahurangi King, an artist whose body of work captures the emotions found in life's more vivid moments.

    "Susan King’s art sparks a similar joy to spending time in our beautiful mountains and in this incredible community," says Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of Aspen Skiing Company. “Though her point of view was formed on the other side of the globe, there’s an appeal to her visual language that resonates equally well here.”

    A native of New Zealand, the 68-year-old King has always made art for herself, not the marketplace, and this authenticity is transmitted in the series of drawings showcased on Aspen Snowmass’ lift tickets. King’s artistic journey began as a young child, when at age 5, she began to lose her ability to speak. By age 7, she had stopped speaking entirely. During the same period, encouraged by her grandmother, King became an increasingly talented and prolific artist, capable of focusing on her drawing for hours on end. In the ensuing six decades, King has produced a substantial body of work, despite taking a 15-year break starting in the mid-90s.

    According to her website’s biography, “King’s exhibition history is extensive with representation in major art fairs, galleries and museums by prominent curators. She has been featured in many exhibitions, events and publications in a range of contexts both as an ‘Outsider Artist’ and a ‘Contemporary =Artist’. These include The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; American Folk Art Museum, New York; Marlborough, London; Outsider Art Fairs in New York and Paris with Chris Byrne; Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington; City Gallery Wellington, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland; and the Auckland Art Fair 2018.”

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

  • Hank Willis Thomas

    The six featured lift ticket designs are derived from Thomas’ series titled Fair Warning, which features text-based works from 1960-80 cigarette advertisements. By isolating these texts from the original advertisements, Thomas creates a dialogue around oftentimes gendered advertising ideals, including sexuality, style, and power. Fair Warning reveals the hyper glamorized personas which target the consumer and highlight the way in which language can influence lifestyle.

    Thomas recontextualizes the same text that was once used to try to sell the idea of polluting our air and our lungs, which now become words of encouragement as skiers conquer the mountain at high altitude. These slogans remind us that in this atmosphere, the oxygen that is available is vital and only our continued protection of the environment can make it possible.
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

  • Paula Crown

    Paula Crown's five lift-ticket designs give a curated view into Crown’s sprawling sculptural installation, SOLO TOGETHER. Using the form of the crushed red Solo cup in the form of 150 unique hand-painted plaster sculptures, the work unpacks the symbol of all-American fun. The ubiquitous, single-use plastic cup offers an opportunity to contemplate a number of complex ideas including environmental awareness, the singular experience of togetherness, FOMO, and a consumer culture defined by abundance and optimism.

    In their full form, SOLO TOGETHER’s cups stand in the absence of a party, each sculpture titled with the personality that may have created it. With titles like “Failing Out” and “Keeping Up Appearances,” a taxonomy of characters is assigned to the forms. The imagined internal and social energy is stored in the facsimile of crushed plastic. Crown points to the transference of energy that takes place as we record our presence in everything we touch. Looking toward a new generation defined by climate change, SOLO TOGETHER takes the leftover traces we make in plastic and makes them uncannily heavy underneath the bright and cheerful red coating.
    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

  • Laura Owens

    The Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company continue their longstanding lift pass collaboration for the 2016-2017 ski season setting Aspen apart as a unique cultural/recreational destination. In celebration of this groundbreaking partnership, the latest edition features the artwork of renowned contemporary artist Laura Owens, with 11 unique, standalone images for the 2016-2017 ski season lift ticket commission. Born in Ohio in 1970, Owens is recognized for her distinctive abstract and almost historical style—in this series using flat stylistic characteristics of Pop Art while simultaneously incorporating a vintage still life, reminding us of the power of art to pose questions and challenge assumptions.
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 1
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 1

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 2
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 2

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 3
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 3

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 4
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 4

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 5
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 5

  • Susan Te Kahurangi King

    When you think of skiing, what emotion comes to mind: Exhilaration? Bliss?

    For the 2019–2020 ski season, Aspen Snowmass is proud to be working with Susan Te Kahurangi King, an artist whose body of work captures the emotions found in life's more vivid moments.

    "Susan King’s art sparks a similar joy to spending time in our beautiful mountains and in this incredible community," says Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of Aspen Skiing Company. “Though her point of view was formed on the other side of the globe, there’s an appeal to her visual language that resonates equally well here.”

    A native of New Zealand, the 68-year-old King has always made art for herself, not the marketplace, and this authenticity is transmitted in the series of drawings showcased on Aspen Snowmass’ lift tickets. King’s artistic journey began as a young child, when at age 5, she began to lose her ability to speak. By age 7, she had stopped speaking entirely. During the same period, encouraged by her grandmother, King became an increasingly talented and prolific artist, capable of focusing on her drawing for hours on end. In the ensuing six decades, King has produced a substantial body of work, despite taking a 15-year break starting in the mid-90s.

    According to her website’s biography, “King’s exhibition history is extensive with representation in major art fairs, galleries and museums by prominent curators. She has been featured in many exhibitions, events and publications in a range of contexts both as an ‘Outsider Artist’ and a ‘Contemporary =Artist’. These include The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; American Folk Art Museum, New York; Marlborough, London; Outsider Art Fairs in New York and Paris with Chris Byrne; Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington; City Gallery Wellington, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland; and the Auckland Art Fair 2018.”

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art
    Susan Te Kahurangi King - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket Art

  • Hank Willis Thomas

    The six featured lift ticket designs are derived from Thomas’ series titled Fair Warning, which features text-based works from 1960-80 cigarette advertisements. By isolating these texts from the original advertisements, Thomas creates a dialogue around oftentimes gendered advertising ideals, including sexuality, style, and power. Fair Warning reveals the hyper glamorized personas which target the consumer and highlight the way in which language can influence lifestyle.

    Thomas recontextualizes the same text that was once used to try to sell the idea of polluting our air and our lungs, which now become words of encouragement as skiers conquer the mountain at high altitude. These slogans remind us that in this atmosphere, the oxygen that is available is vital and only our continued protection of the environment can make it possible.
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift ticket artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas
    Lift Ticket Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas

  • Paula Crown

    Paula Crown's five lift-ticket designs give a curated view into Crown’s sprawling sculptural installation, SOLO TOGETHER. Using the form of the crushed red Solo cup in the form of 150 unique hand-painted plaster sculptures, the work unpacks the symbol of all-American fun. The ubiquitous, single-use plastic cup offers an opportunity to contemplate a number of complex ideas including environmental awareness, the singular experience of togetherness, FOMO, and a consumer culture defined by abundance and optimism.

    In their full form, SOLO TOGETHER’s cups stand in the absence of a party, each sculpture titled with the personality that may have created it. With titles like “Failing Out” and “Keeping Up Appearances,” a taxonomy of characters is assigned to the forms. The imagined internal and social energy is stored in the facsimile of crushed plastic. Crown points to the transference of energy that takes place as we record our presence in everything we touch. Looking toward a new generation defined by climate change, SOLO TOGETHER takes the leftover traces we make in plastic and makes them uncannily heavy underneath the bright and cheerful red coating.
    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

    Paula Crown Aspen Snowmass lift ticket art 2017-18

  • Laura Owens

    The Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company continue their longstanding lift pass collaboration for the 2016-2017 ski season setting Aspen apart as a unique cultural/recreational destination. In celebration of this groundbreaking partnership, the latest edition features the artwork of renowned contemporary artist Laura Owens, with 11 unique, standalone images for the 2016-2017 ski season lift ticket commission. Born in Ohio in 1970, Owens is recognized for her distinctive abstract and almost historical style—in this series using flat stylistic characteristics of Pop Art while simultaneously incorporating a vintage still life, reminding us of the power of art to pose questions and challenge assumptions.
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 1
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 1

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 2
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 2

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 3
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 3

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 4
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 4

    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 5
    Laura Owens - Aspen Snowmass Lift Ticket 5

2014–2015

Anne Collier

2013–2014

Mark Bradford

2012-2013

David Shrigley

2011–2012

Mark Grotjahn

2010–2011

Mamma Andersson

2009–2010

Carla Klein

2008–2009

Jim Hodges

2007–2008

Karen Kilimnik

2006–2007

Peter Doig

2005–2006

Yutaka Sone

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