Dallas is fast becoming the epicenter of high-end auction events that raise money for AIDS. There is, of course, the annual 2×2 [For AIDS + ART] event held each year at the Rachofsky House, which gathers art and social luminaries from around the world for the good cause. Now, the Goss-Michael Foundation is launching a new event. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus, Goss-Michael, MTV, and IT Futuretense will present “MTV RE:DEFINE” an auction and art event that will raise money for MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation. The event will feature art work by “sometimes controversial” artists, a performance by band The Boxer Rebellion, and an appearance by Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company, who will MC the auction.
Here are all the high flying details:
Final Details For ‘MTV RE:DEFINE’ Benefit
Art Exhibition and Auction Revealed
Over $1m of art from 30 artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin on show
Simon de Pury to host live auction
The Boxer Rebellion confirmed for exclusive live performance
New York, London – September 06, 2011 – The MTV Staying Alive Foundation today announced the final details of its RE:DEFINE benefit art exhibition and auction to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus, including the full list of contributing artists.
Event curators The Future Tense have assembled an eclectic roster of 30 original works valued at over $1m from some of the world’s most exciting, dynamic and sometimes controversial artists, including painting, photography, sculpture and a large-scale public installation in downtown Dallas by street artist Ben Eine. The 30 contributing artists are as follows:
· Lee Baker· Shepard Fairey· Harland Miller
· Adam Ball· Katrin Fridriks· Polly Morgan
· Peter Blake· Christopher Gascoigne· Gérard Rancinan
· Billy Childish· Pam Glew· Rankin
· D*Face· Haroshi· Stuart Semple
· Brian Adam Douglas· Pieter Henket· Jamel Shabazz
· Elizabeth Eamer· Damien Hirst· Benjamin Shine
· Ben Eine· Jeremy Kost· Gavin Turk
· Tracey Emin· Joseph Loughborough· Dan Witz
· Faile· James Marshall· Russell Young
Hosted at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, MTV RE:DEFINE will be open to the public from September 16 – 23 with a live auction of all 30 works taking place at an exclusive reception on September 24, hosted by Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which encourages, energizes and empowers young people who are involved in HIV and AIDS awareness, education and prevention campaigns.
Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company said, “Phillips de Pury is thrilled to support the fabulous initiative of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and of the Goss-Michael Foundation and The Future Tense.”
The evening will culminate in a live performance by alt-rock phenom, The Boxer Rebellion who are due to begin a major 22-date tour of North America in October to promote their latest album, The Cold Still.
Tennessee-born Nathan Nicholson, lead vocalist for The Boxer Rebellion said, “The Boxer Rebellion are proud to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and feel privileged to play at this ground-breaking RE:DEFINE benefit event. We take our social responsibilities very seriously, and to be part of an event with such immense social and artistic merit – aimed at empowering young people all over the world to fight HIV and AIDS – is a real honor for us.”
Collectors unable to attend the event in person will have a wide range of absentee bidding options, including the ability to both view and bid in real-time, simultaneous with the live event via the following link:
Full absentee bidding information can be found at:
The catalogue for the event can be found at:
Sponsors of MTV RE:DEFINE include Moët & Chandon, The Dallas Morning News, Neiman Marcus, Hotel Zaza, Ben E. Keith Beverage Company, Land Rover/Range Rover of Dallas, RP Valet and Crazy Water.
For further information please visit the official website at www.mtvredefine.com
You can also follow the project on Twitter via @mtvredefine and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mtvredefine
ABOUT MTV INTERNATIONAL’S STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION
The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is a global grant-giving and content-producing public charity operating in affiliation with MTV Networks International.
In 1998, MTV launched the Staying Alive TV series, which grew to be the world’s largest multimedia HIV prevention and awareness campaign for young people, including documentaries, dramas, public service announcements, websites, events and forums.
In 2004, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation was created, expanding the initiative in to a charitable, grant-giving organization to support youth-led initiatives committed to stopping the spread of HIV in local communities.
To date, the Foundation has awarded 304 grants in 61 countries across the world, distributing over $3 million. The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is dedicated to fighting stigma and discrimination and empowering young people to protect themselves against the disease. The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is registered as a UK charity and as a 501c3 charitable organization in the US.
For more information visit http://stayingalivefoundation.org
ABOUT THE FUTURE TENSE
The Future Tense acts as a springboard for a dynamic roster of emerging contemporary artists, working closely with them to support all aspects of their career progression.
Free from the constraints of a fixed gallery space, The Future Tense creates unique event concepts and genre-defining projects, curating bespoke spaces and working with affiliate galleries to service a broad spectrum of private and institutional collectors.
The Future Tense also applies award-winning vision and creative thinking on behalf of brands seeking cultural innovation, delivering uniquely engaging results through a diverse network of collaborators.
Highly socially aware and with strong philanthropic sensibilities, The Future Tense works closely with a number of charitable causes including the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and children’s charity, War Child.
For more information visit www.thefuturetense.net
ABOUT THE GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION
The Goss-Michael Foundation was founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in June 2007.
The Foundation offers the public a rotating schedule of exhibitions derived from Goss and Michael’s private collection of British contemporary art as well as other institutions.
The Goss-Michael Foundation exists to educate, engage and inspire audiences by presenting exhibitions of British Contemporary art, provide vast resources, educational programs and scholarships to aspiring artists.
For more information visit www.gossmichaelfoundation.org
ABOUT PHILLIPS DE PURY & COMPANY
As the only international auction house to concentrate exclusively on contemporary culture, Phillips de Pury & Company has established a commanding position in the sale of Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions and Jewelry.
Through the passionate dedication of its team of specialists, Phillips de Pury & Company has garnered an unparalleled wealth of knowledge of emerging market trends.
For more information visit: www.phillipsdepury.com
ABOUT THE BOXER REBELLION
London based alt-rockers The Boxer Rebellion have forged a career that has literally set industry landmarks and defied the odds from day one. The 2009 self-released Union LP saw them become the first wholly independent band in history to enter the Billboard Albums Chart on digital sales alone. iTunes US ultimately declared Union their 2009 Alternative Album of the Year and in 2010 the band performed as themselves in Drew Barrymore’s Going the Distance, also starring Justin Long, Charlie Day, Christina Applegate and Jason Sudeikis.
The Boxer Rebellion’s third studio album The Cold Still – produced by the legendary Ethan Johns – is an exercise in master class performances and sophisticated song writing. Regarded by Billboard Magazine as an “epic, effortless offering from a quartet dead set on perfecting their craft,” it is monumental and intimate in equal measure, and secured the band their network TV debut courtesy of David Letterman.
Known not only for their critically acclaimed albums and music videos, but also for their fearsome live reputation, The Boxer Rebellion have already enjoyed two sold out North American tours to date and will return in October 2011 for an extended set of shows across Mexico, the US, and Canada.
The Boxer Rebellion is Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson, Australian guitarist Todd Howe, and Englishmen Adam Harrison and Piers Hewitt on bass and drums.
For more information visit: www.theboxerrebellion.com