amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

$4.5 Million Raised at 2012 TWO x TWO For AIDS and Art

$40 Million Raised for Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR over 14-year History

DALLAS (October 21, 2012) – On Saturday, October 20, the 14th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auctionraised a total of $4.5 million in art and luxury packages sold with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art.  With a few pieces left to sell on Sunday, the organizers are hopeful they will reach a record $5 million by the end of the year.

Close to 475 people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by noted art patron and longtime TWO x TWO supporter, Amy Phelan, and hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home, The Rachofsky House.  Art co-chairs for the 2012 event were Lindsey and Patrick Collins.

“The $40 million raised over the past 14 years is a testament to the continued donations by artists and dealers worldwide,” said Howard Rachofsky.  “This event would not be possible without the generous nature of artists dedicated to the support of AIDS research and HIV prevention.”

The Saturday evening event was designed by Todd Fiscus of todd. event design. creative services and included cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, and a live auction conducted by Jamie Niven, Chairman, Sotheby’s, North and South America. There were 141 works of art offered in the live and silent auctions this year including ten commissioned one-of-a-kind signature Nancy Gonzalez Leaf Tote bags designed by world class artists. 

Artworks by 2012 amfAR honoree Richard Phillips as well as Jim Lambie, Thomas Demand and Dana Schutz among others were sold during the live auction.  The live auction also featured luxury auction items including a private portrait sitting by Karl Lagerfeld, which went to a bidder in the room for $125,000.

Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $40 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.  The annual black-tie gala, part of a week-long series of events, is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. 

The fundraising total was announced this morning by TWO x TWO host Howard Rachofsky at a private brunch hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and the Gagosian Gallery.  The brunch event was held at The Warehouse, a new private art storage facility owned by Howard Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer.

Dallas Museum of Art Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Jeffery Grove addressed the group of invited guests and introduced Cindy Rachofsky, amfAR board member and TWO x TWO host, who presented artist Richard Phillips with amfAR’s 2012 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.

In addition to the live and silent auctions at Saturday night’s gala, the evening’s highlight was a special performance by superstar and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming.   

The presenting Sponsor for First Look 2012 was Karl Lagerfeld for Fossil.  The week-long festivities leading up to the TWO x TWO gala included the First Look party on Thursday, this year featuring a “Karlify Yourself” special boutique and photo booth complete with Karl Lagerfeld designed items for sale. 

Over the years, previous VIP celebrity guests at TWO x TWO events have included Patti LaBelle, Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Natasha Richardson, Taylor Dayne, Dita Von Teese, Stanley Tucci, Harry Belafonte, Gavin Rossdale, John Benjamin Hickey and Christian Siriano.  Renowned artists Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, April Gornik, Joel Shapiro, Cecily Brown, Tom Friedman, Elizabeth Peyton, Jim Hodges, Peter Doig, and Mark Grotjhan have been honored.

ABOUT TWO BY TWO FOR AIDS AND ART 

Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $40 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.  TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art and is recognized as one of the top events in Dallas.

BENEFICIARIES 

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. Visit www.amfar.org.

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

Proceeds from TWO x TWO support the DMA’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund and exhibitions and have been used to purchase over 115 major works of contemporary art for the museum over the last thirteen years. 

Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. The DMA directs all proceeds from TWO x TWO to the Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund and exhibitions.  Visit www.DallasMuseumofArt.org.