You may never get a chance to attend Two by Two for AIDS and Art, the annual charitable event benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, or the First Look preview party. In its 13-year history, the gala and art auction has raised more than $35 million to support amfAR’s AIDS research initiatives and the contemporary art acquisition program at the DMA, making it the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the museum. The event is hosted by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and draws big-deal donors, influencers and art collectors every year.
But now you don’t need an invitation to see – or acquire – the spectacular selection of works donated by renowned artists. The new Two by Two website includes an online catalogue of all artwork up for auction and gives collectors a chance to absentee bid – or, better yet, buy something they love on the spot. At the very least, you get to look, right?
As you cruise around the site, keep an eye out for Own It Now caricature icons next to key pieces selected by host and patron Howard Rachofsky; Jeffrey Grove, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art; and Allan Schwartzman, curator of the Rachofsky Collection. These three identified hidden gems and under-the-radar pieces available for sale starting October 15. Those that remain will be put in the live auction at the October 20 gala.
The new Two by Two website includes an online catalogue of all works and gives collectors a chance to absentee bid – or, better yet, buy something on the spot. At the very least, you get to look, right?
“With the new website linked to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Two x Two has a wider reach than ever,” said Cindy Rachofsky in a statement. “The amazing donation by our honored artist Richard Phillips, along with donations of over 140 works of art by renowned artists and dealers will make the 14th year of Two by Two for AIDS and Art another one for the record books.”
This year, Richard Phillips will receive amfAR’s 2012 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. Among the donating artists are Karla Black, whose show at the DMA opens October 19; Eva Rothschild, who has a show at the Nasher Sculpture Center
starting October 19, and Tom Orr, whose works are on display at the Barry Whistler Gallery
through October 13. Past Two by Two honorees April Gornik and Tom Friedman also contributed works for this year’s auction.
In addition, Two by Two has collaborated with famed accessories designer Nancy Gonzalez
to create a series of signature handbags for the benefit auction. The organization commissioned 10 artists – including honoree Richard Phillips, Jenny Holzer, Will Cotton, former Two by Two honoree Jim Hodges and Josephine Meckseper – to customize matte white crocodile-skin totes, creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
A VIP preview of 47 works, along with the 10 artist handbags, takes place tonight, September 13, at Sotheby’s
New York. The Rachofskys will be joined by Two by Two director Melissa Meeks; Amy Phelan, Two by Two event chair; honoree Richard Phillips; donating artists Chuck Webster and Ken Solomon; Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, Eugene McDermott director at the DMA; Kiehl’s Since 1851
President Chris Salgardo; and 30 Rock
’s Cheyenne Jackson