2017 Honoree

Jonas Wood (b. 1977, Boston) lives and works in Los Angeles. Wood’s paintings depict scenes drawn from everyday life, including domestic interiors, portraits of friends and family members, ceramic vessels, and favorite athletes. Bristling with color and an array of textures, these images are transformed into complex compositions that point toward the various uses of collage in the artist’s process.

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Wood’s murals and solo exhibitions include Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Jonas Wood: Clippings, Lever House, New York (2013-14); Shelf Still Life, High Line Art, New York (2014); LAXART facade, Los Angeles (2014); and Still Life with Two Owls (MOCA), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016). Recent two person and group exhibitions include Los Angeles – A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Norway and MAC Lyon, France (2016-17); Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016-17); Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles (2017); and Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood, Museum Voorlinden, Netherlands (2017).

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Broad, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; among others.

As part of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2017, Jonas Wood will receive the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS in recognition of his generous support of amfAR’s programs. The award presentation will take place during a brunch on Sunday, October 29, presented by Highland Park Village and hosted by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at The Warehouse. TWO x TWO is honored to have Jonas Wood as the featured artist of our 19th annual event. On behalf of amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art, we extend heartfelt thanks to Jonas, and to David Kordansky Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, and Shane Campbell Gallery, for their extraordinary support of this event.

Past TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art honorees include renowned artists Laura Owens, Ellsworth Kelly, Wade Guyton, Luc Tuymans, Richard Phillips, Mark Grotjahn, Christopher Wool, Peter Doig, Jim Hodges, Elizabeth Peyton, Tom Friedman, Cecily Brown, Julian Schnabel, April Gornik, Ed Ruscha, Joel Shapiro, and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Photo credit: Manfredi Gioacchini. Courtesy of the Artist.