Kenny Goss and George Michael fuse their private art collection and foundation with an unrivaled passion for the arts.
Musician George Michael and his partner Kenny Goss are determined to evoke discussion and focus on cutting-edge British contemporary art with The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for British contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, programs and resources to educate, engage and inspire youth and adult audiences in Texas, the United States and around the world.
On November 19, the new Goss-Michael Foundation location will open at 1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard in the lower Oak Lawn area of Dallas. Housed in a former 12,000 sq. ft. industrial warehouse, the new space includes three spacious galleries and is close to four times the size of the original location.
Kenny Goss and Joyce Goss, Executive Director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, have worked with architects to design a space which will provide the GMF with the opportunity to exhibit art from the permanent collection along with new shows opening throughout the year.
Founders Kenny Goss and George Michael saw a crucial need for increased space for the growing work of the Foundation, as well as a bookstore, library and private offices. Future GMF projects include the creation of educational programs and lecture series and the development of a live-in studio for a planned artist in residence program. The GMF has also been actively involved in loaning pieces of art from the permanent collection to U.S. museums and public spaces.
A fully functioning catering kitchen will position the space as an outstanding venue for GMF-hosted events and for private, special events for groups of 25 to 300 people.
The opening exhibition will feature selected works from renown artists including Darren Almond, Ruth Claxton, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst, Rachel Howard, Philip Lai, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Jonathan Monk, Marc Quinn, Cerith Wynn Evans and others. A private, by-invitation-only reception will take place on Thursday, November 18.
Founded by Kenny Goss and George Michael in June 2007, the Foundation showcases the couple’s extensive private collection of British contemporary art. Their goal is focused on creating a collection of works by artists that comment specifically on the individuality of their art experience.
“Art should have no cultural or sexual boundaries as ideally our civic life should. Art can inspire individuals to forget where they are coming from and create a message for a better future,” Kenny Goss emphasized.
“Through these exhibitions, The Goss-Michael Foundation challenges preconceived art notions and strives to set a new standard in artistic awareness by providing visitors with a fresh and fascinating art experience, as well as an opportunity to interact with the ground-breaking international artists who are responsible for the direction of today’s most influential art trends,” he continued. “There are no boundaries to our collection. Every work, regardless of medium, must resonate with us on a personal level.”
The move also positions GMF close to the newly opened space for the Dallas Contemporary, the city’s growing museum of contemporary art.
“With both our Foundation and the Dallas Contemporary in the neighborhood, there will be a synergistic energy for the development of contemporary and modern art in Dallas,” said Kenny Goss. “This is a critical component for a city the size of Dallas and one that has been missing.”
The larger facility is part of the strategic evolution of the GMF. As an actively collecting institution, the Foundation contains a diverse collection of British art and new acquisitions underline the organization’s continued growth. As an artist has no boundaries, the mounting of world class exhibitions have become more elaborate and involved the need for a building with high ceilings and large doorways.
The three gallery spaces will exhibit works on permanent view, rotating exhibitions and a special project room. The bookstore will carry a choice selection of books by celebrated artists of the GMF along with other art-related topics, limited edition artists’ prints and selected contemporary art gifts. The inventory will rotate on a regular basis to coincide with the exhibition schedule.
“Our library will act as an archive for GMF and also provide a resource center for academics and art professionals,” said Joyce Goss. “We have worked with leading museums and schools such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts providing international experts and speakers on a variety of arts-related topics.”
Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin and Marc Quinn are a few of the participants who have been featured at the lectures. The Foundation regularly organizes events to accompany the different shows.
“The GMF focuses its collection on contemporary British artists, promoting them and bringing them to America. However, fostering young artists in Dallas and throughout Texas is also important,” emphasized Joyce Goss.
The Goss-Michael Foundation gives a number of scholarships annually including the George Michael Music Scholarship and the Kenny Goss Art Scholarship to students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts to help with their continuing performing and visual art education. In addition, the Foundation underwrites scholarships for art students in North Texas and statewide. An annual student art contest open to all public and private high school students in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas who are enrolled in the 10th through 12th grade and excel in the disciplines of photography, drawing, and painting is also underwritten by the GMF.
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 as well as other institutions. These exhibitions serve as a challenge to preconceived art notions and strive to set a new standard in artistic awareness by providing visitors with fresh and fascinating art experiences. Through these experiences, the Foundation hopes to generate new perspectives and conversations on the creative methods of contemporary artists. Locally, the Foundation is dedicated to contributing to Dallas’s thriving artistic community and enhancing the public’s familiarity and interaction with contemporary and emerging British artists.
The Goss-Michael Foundation Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm, Monday by appointment only. There is no charge to visit the Foundation.