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TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Announces Chairs and Honored Artists

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art
Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, have announced Lisa and John Runyon as the 2014 Event Chairs and artist Wade Guyton as the recipient of the 2014 amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.

This will be the 16th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art fundraising event which is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House. Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $45 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Noted art patrons and longtime TWO x TWO supporters, Lisa and John Runyon, have accepted the position of Event Chairs for the 16th annual gala and auction. John has operated in the art business as a gallery owner, private dealer and advisor for over 25 years. John continues to travel the world as a collector and owner of Runyon Fine Arts, Inc. Lisa has previously served as chairman for the Dallas Museum of Art’s 2011 Art Ball. Lisa and John are dedicated patrons of the Dallas arts scene.

“Each year, TWO x TWO has raised the bar in fundraising for two very important organizations. The DMA is a landmark museum for Dallas and the contemporary art acquisitions have been a very important part of its growth,” said John Runyon, a noted art consultant. “Lisa and I look forward to collaborating with our longtime friends Cindy and Howard Rachofsky to make 2014 another record-breaking year.”

This year’s recipient of amfAR’s Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS will be Wade Guyton.

Born in Indiana in 1972, Wade Guyton lives and works in New York. Over the past decade Guyton, has pioneered a groundbreaking body of work that explores changing relationships to images and artworks through the use of common digital technologies, such as the desktop computer, scanner and inkjet printer. Guyton’s purposeful misuse of these tools to make paintings and drawings results in beautiful accidents that relate to daily lives now punctuated by misprinted photos and blurred images on phone and computer screens.

Guyton studied at the University of Tennessee and Hunter College in New York. He participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale and recently was the subject of a solo retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has shown throughout Europe and the United States, and his work is held in many prestigious collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva.

Drawing prominent artists, art collectors and philanthropists from around the world, the annual TWO x TWO black-tie gala is part of a week-long series of events. It is the largest U.S. fundraiser for both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Widely anticipated and continuously sold out, the gala benefit features a seated dinner for 450 guests with both a live and silent auction consisting of major works of contemporary art and unique luxury items.

The Rachofsky House is also open for guest tours of the TWO x TWO exhibition during the two weeks leading up to the gala. During these two weeks of public and private guest tours, preview parties and events, over 1,500 people will visit the Rachofsky House.

All sponsors and donated lots are featured in super hard copy catalogues, which feature the artist and gallery websites, and which are sent to collectors around the globe for absentee bidding.

Over the years, previous VIP celebrity guests at TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art events have included Alan Cumming, a dedicated supporter of TWO x TWO who has made numerous appearances at the event as both emcee and as a featured performer; Taylor Dayne, John Benjamin Hickey, Cheyenne Jackson, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Shirley MacLaine, Barry Manilow, Gilles Marini, Jesse Metcalfe, Liza Minnelli, Natasha Richardson, Gavin Rossdale, Sharon Stone, Stanley Tucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dita Von Teese and Sigourney Weaver.

Renowned artists Cecily Brown, Peter Doig, Tom Friedman, April Gornik, Mark Grotjahn, Jim Hodges, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Phillips, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Joel Shapiro, Luc Tuymans and Christopher Wool have been honored over the past 15 years of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art.

National and international sponsors have partnered with TWO x TWO over the years.  Currently, the list of sponsors for the 16th anniversary weekend includes:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Audi of America
  • Platinum Sponsors: Sotheby’s, Kiehl’s Since 1851
  • First Look Sponsor: Tory Burch Timepieces
  • Gold Sponsors: Aston Martin of Dallas, Dior, Chubb Personal Insurance, Dom Pérignon, The Joule Hotel, Moët Hennessy USA, Todd Events, U.S. Risk, U.S. Trust

Prior to the gala and auction dinner on October 25, there will be several distinctive and exciting events which are part of the 2014 TWO x TWO schedule:

New York Preview of TWO x TWO auction highlights
Sponsored by Sotheby’s
By invitation only
TBD, Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY

FIRST LOOK: A Preview Party and Fundraiser
Sponsored by Tory Burch Timepieces
Sips by Belvedere
Tickets $500 each; available at www.twoxtwo.org/First-Look
Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas

Sunday Brunch and Award Presentation
Presented by U.S. Trust
Honoring Wade Guyton , Recipient of amfAR’s 2014 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS
Hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
11:00 a.m.  Brunch and award presentation
By invitation only
October 26th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Warehouse, Dallas, Texas

For more information, please visit www.twoxtwo.org.

About TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art

Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $45 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.

TWO x TWO For AIDS and Art Beneficiaries

amfAR, founded in 1985, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Intensifying its research efforts, in 2014 amfAR launched the “Countdown to a Cure for HIV/AIDS,” a bold new initiative aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020.   Since 1985, amfAR has invested over $388 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams worldwide. TWO x TWO is amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States. amfar.org

The Dallas Museum of Art , established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 26,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia, and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the Dallas Arts District and serves as a cultural magnet for the city with diverse programming ranging from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations. The Museum serves more than one-half million visitors a year and offers more than 3,500 education and public programs annually, designed to engage people of all ages with the power and excitement of art.  The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Proceeds from TWO x TWO support the DMA’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund and exhibitions and have been used to purchase over 170 major works of contemporary art for the museum over the last fifteen years. www.dallasmuseumofart.org

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