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Dallas' chic MTV Re:Define gala and art auction drops gavel on $1.6 million

Dallas' chic MTV Re:Define gala and art auction drops gavel on $1.6M

Lacey Bollinger, Tiff Taylor
Lacey Bollinger and Tiff Taylor modeling gowns from Burnett New York. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Capera Ryan, Joyce Goss, Elizabeth Esteve
Capera Ryan, Joyce Goss, Elizabeth Esteve Photo by WJNPHOTO
Marc Quinn, Jessica Nowitzki
Marc Quinn, Jessica Nowitzki Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jessica Shepherd, Marvin Jackson
Jessica Shepherd, Marvin Jackson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber
Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mary Aboujaoude, Krystal Sarna
Mary Aboujaoude, Krystal Sarna Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sterling McDavid, Stacie McDavid
Sterling McDavid, Stacie McDavid Photo by WJNPHOTO
Yaaqob Davis, Rey Gamino
Yaaqob Davis, Rey Gamino Photo by WJNPHOTO
William Dillon, Heidi Dillon, Chuck Steelman
William Dillon, Heidi Dillon, Chuck Steelman Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sarah Jago, Nickki St George
Sarah Jago, Nickki St George Photo by WJNPHOTO
Masha Shapiro, Sara Hignite
Masha Shapiro, Sara Hignite Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cearan Henley, Carla Johnson, Allan Knight
Cearan Henley, Carla Johnson, Allan Knight Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rebecca Henderson, Kerry Perez, Susan Salka
Rebecca Henderson, Kerry Perez, Susan Salka Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cheryl Maas, Kristie Ramirez
Cheryl Maas, Kristie Ramirez Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mark Pechersky, Julie Pechersky, Sarah Haemisegger, Cody Nguyen
Mark Pechersky, Julie Pechersky, Sarah Haemisegger, Cody Nguyen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rock Patel, Linda Patel
Rock Patel, Linda Patel Photo by WJNPHOTO
Becca Dudley, Georgia Arnold
Becca Dudley, Georgia Arnold Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
3.	Guillaume Coutheillas, Jonny Burt, Michael Gonsalves
Guillaume Coutheillas, Jonny Burt, Michael Gonsalves Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nancy Rogers, Mark Quinn
Nancy Rogers, Mark Quinn Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss
Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss welcome the crowd. Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
Simon de Pury
Auctioneer Simon de Pury  Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
Rita Ora
Rita Ora performs. Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
MTV Re:Define, Statler
Guests mingled among the art during the cocktail reception. Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
MTV Re:Define, Statler
The highlight of the auction was the sale of a magnificent Mark Quinn piece. Photo courtesy of MTV Re:Define
MTV Re:Define, Statler
The event moved to The Statler this year. Photo by WJNPHOTO
MTV Re:Define
Guests check out the art. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lacey Bollinger, Tiff Taylor
Capera Ryan, Joyce Goss, Elizabeth Esteve
Marc Quinn, Jessica Nowitzki
Jessica Shepherd, Marvin Jackson
Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber
Mary Aboujaoude, Krystal Sarna
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan
Sterling McDavid, Stacie McDavid
Yaaqob Davis, Rey Gamino
William Dillon, Heidi Dillon, Chuck Steelman
Sarah Jago, Nickki St George
Masha Shapiro, Sara Hignite
Cearan Henley, Carla Johnson, Allan Knight
Rebecca Henderson, Kerry Perez, Susan Salka
Cheryl Maas, Kristie Ramirez
Mark Pechersky, Julie Pechersky, Sarah Haemisegger, Cody Nguyen
Rock Patel, Linda Patel
Becca Dudley, Georgia Arnold
3.	Guillaume Coutheillas, Jonny Burt, Michael Gonsalves
Nancy Rogers, Mark Quinn
Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss
Simon de Pury
Rita Ora
MTV Re:Define, Statler
MTV Re:Define, Statler
MTV Re:Define, Statler
MTV Re:Define

A fresh, new location brought fresh, new energy to MTV Re:Define, Dallas' biggest and chicest art fundraiser of the year.

Held at the Statler Hotel downtown on March 29, the premiere Dallas exhibition and auction attracted more than 300 patrons. This year's fete was chaired by Merrill Lynch Dallas Vice President Sami Abboud, co-hosted by MTV Re:Define co-founders Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, and honored celebrated British artist and longtime Re:Define supporter Marc Quinn.

Jonny Burt and Joe Kennedy, founders of the London-based Unit London, served as the 2019 art chairs.

A who's who of Dallasites and art patrons dressed in their finest "art chic" — including Nancy RogersCapera Ryan, Elizabeth Esteve, Jessica NowitzkiSarah Jago, Nickki St. GeorgeWilliam Dillon, Heidi Dillon, Chuck SteelmanMark Deuber, and Cary Deuber — mixed and mingled at a cocktail reception that offered the first chance for close-up glimpses of the night's featured artworks (and plenty of selfies, too).

When Grand Ballroom doors opened, guests got a warm welcome from the night's emcee, Becca Dudley, multi-talented television presenter for MTV. Georgia Arnold, executive director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, underscored for the audience how important the work of MTV Re:Define is. To date, it had raised more than $14 million for HIV prevention through MTV Staying Alive.

“The funds raised at MTV Re:Define 2019 will go to support the programs of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that young people globally are able to make informed choices about their own sexual and reproductive health," she said. "MTV Staying Alive is not only working toward an HIV-free world but is doing so by ensuring the conversation is driven by empathy, inclusion and humanity, rather than the stigma and prejudice that has been too much a part of the disease for far too long.”

Guests dined on a multicourse meal that included a delectable beef short rib and indulgent chocolate mousse for dessert. Then it was time to get down to business.

Legendary auctioneer Simon de Pury — fresh off the plane from Hong Kong — wielded his gavel for live art and luxury experiences auction. Thirty fabulous pieces and experiences were sold in three different rounds, and bidding was fierce, fast, and furious.

Among the highlights:

  • Tyrrell Winston's Can’t Ignore Me Now, 2019, made of used basketballs, which sold for $10,000.
  • Daniel Arsham's guitar piece Eroded Les Paul, 2019, sold for $24,000.
  • Anthony James' hypnotic 24” Cube, 2019, which entranced with stainless steel, glass, and LEDs, sold for $35,000.
  • A piece called All you need is love love love, 2008, donated by Tracey Emin, which was a personal art gift she received from noted artist Damien Hirst, sold for $37,000.
  • Quinn's oil on canvas painting titled History Painting (Chaos) Venezuela Opposition Protest (Caracas 3 May 2017) RWCBOY, 2019, sold for $160,000.
  • The showpiece of the night, Quinn's immense 3,086-pound, glass-beaded bronze sculpture measuring entitled The Archaeology of Social Networks (LPMG Algorithm Type R), 2019 sold for $450,000 (It has been on display outside of Neiman Marcus at Dallas' NorthPark Center).

In addition to the exquisite artwork, a chance to meet tennis great Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open brought in $12,000. And a fashion week experience with luxury womenswear fashion brand Burnett New York sold for $15,000. Burnett co-founder Sterling McDavid and her mother, Stacie McDavid, were in attendance, and gowns by the fashion house were modeled by Lacey Bollinger and Tiff Taylor.

The Goss-Michael Foundation also introduced its first MTV Re:Define Award, established to recognize excellence in contemporary art by a postgraduate fine arts student. Students in their final program year from the current top 25 fine arts programs across the globe submitted their work for consideration. The winner was Shohei Katayama, an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University.

After the final gavel had dropped and remarks had ended, global superstar and award-winning British singer-songwriter Rita Ora took the stage in a stunning silver "angel wing" gown to entertain with a set of high-energy hits.

Then the after-party continued into the wee hours, hosted by Giorgio’s of Los Angeles, who presented a pop-up version of their celebrity-filled nightclub. Bryan Rabin and Adam Bravin, Giorgio’s creators, flew in international DJ Aeroplane, who played the hottest disco dance hits for late-night revelers.

Spotted in the crowd, supporting the cause and having a great time throughout the night, were patrons Guillaume Coutheillas, Jonny Burt, Michael Gonsalves, Rock Patel, Linda Patel, Mark Pechersky, Julie Pechersky, Sarah Haemisegger, Cody Nguyen, Cheryl Maas, Kristie Ramirez, Rebecca Henderson, Kerry Perez, Susan Salka, Cearan Henley, Carla Johnson, Allan Knight, Masha Shapiro, Sara Hignite, Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, Yaaqob Davis, Rey Gamino, Mary Aboujaoude, Krystal Sarna, Jessica Shepherd, and Marvin Jackson.

When the last pennies were counted, more than $1.6 million had been raised from the evening to benefit HIV prevention and education through MTV Staying Alive Foundation and for The Goss-Michael Foundation’s commitment to arts education and awareness through its curated programming.