amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR to Hold Inaugural Benefit Event During Art Basel Miami Beach Thursday December 6, 2012

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Natalie Marquis, amfAR Media Relations Associate: natalie.marquis@amfar.org; (212) 806-1694
Bennah Serfaty, amfAR Sr. Director of Communications: bennah.serfaty@amfar.org; (212) 806-1607

amfAR TO HOLD INAUGURAL BENEFIT EVENT DURING ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012

EVENT PRESENTED BY M•A•C VIVA GLAM

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST DJ SET BY MIA MORETTI

SILENT CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION PRESENTED BY
TWO x TWO FOR AIDS AND ART

New York, NY, November 19, 2012—On Thursday, December 6, 2012, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research will hold its first ever benefit event during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Inspiration Miami Beach Party. The invitation-only dance party will be held at Soho Beach House, and will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction of contemporary works of art, and special guest DJ sets by Mia Moretti and DJ Kiss. Proceeds from the event will benefit amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research initiatives.

Honorary Chairs of the Inspiration Miami Beach Party include Joseph Altuzarra, Fabien Baron, Klaus Biesenbach, Marianne Boesky, Larry Boland, Christopher Bollen, John Demsey, Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, Marian Goodman, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Dan Rangone, Michelle and Jason Rubell, Chloë Sevigny, and St. Vincent. Sponsors include M•A•C Viva Glam, Piaget, Moët Hennessy, and Interview Magazine. The event’s silent auction will be presented by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual event held in Dallas, TX, that has raised more than $40 million over the past 14 years, jointly benefiting amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. The silent auction will feature works by renowned artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Ryan McGinley, and Steven Klein, among others. In addition, artnet Auctions will host an exclusive online auction in conjunction with Inspiration Miami, which will also benefit amfAR. The works in that sale will be announced soon.

The Inspiration Miami Beach Party will be the latest installment in amfAR’s Inspiration event series, launched in 2010 and produced by Josh Wood Productions. Inspiration events, held to date in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and São Paulo, celebrate all aspects of men’s style while raising critical funds for amfAR’s AIDS research programs.

Inspiration events have featured performances from legendary artists such as Katy Perry, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, Jennifer Hudson, Scissor Sisters, Cyndi Lauper, Courtney Love, and Sinéad O’Connor. Recipients of the event series’ Piaget Award of Inspiration have included James Franco, Kevin Huvane, Francisco Costa, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fergie, Michael Kors, Ricky Martin, and Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs International. To date, the Inspiration series has raised more than $6 million for amfAR.

About amfAR:
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. www.amfar.org

About Josh Wood Productions:
Josh Wood Productions has produced and promoted socially conscious events and concerts featuring artists such as Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais, Norah Jones, Kylie Minogue, Lou Reed, Scissors Sisters, Michael Stipe, and the Pet Shop Boys. Their events have raised money and awareness for Downtown for Democracy, The Guggenheim Foundation, Empire State Pride Agenda, Friends of Hillary, Friends of the Highline, Hetrik Martin Institute, MoveOn, Obama for America, Oxfam, Rock the Vote, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and Veterans for Peace. Josh Wood Productions’ latest project, “The Inspiration Gala Series: A Celebration of Men’s Style,” is an international fashion gala fundraiser benefiting amfAR. For more information please visit www.joshwoodproductions.com.

About M•A•C Cosmetics:
M•A•C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers, and journalists around the world. M•A•C is now sold in 79 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M•A•C on Twitter @MACcosmetics (twitter.com/maccosmetics), become a M•A•C fan on Facebook (facebook.com/maccosmetics), watch M•A•C videos on YouTube, and find our M•A•C Senior Artists at macartiststweets.com. For a M•A•C location visit maccosmetics.com.

About artnet:
artnet is the leading resource for the international art market. Online since 1995, artnet is host to approximately 2 million visitors each month and provides reliable information and market transparency to art collectors, galleries, auction houses, museums, and investors alike.

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