TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2016 raised over $7.5 Million!

To date, TWO x TWO has raised over $67 Million dollars for amfAR and the DMA. We are sincerely grateful to the artists, sponsors, patrons, galleries, and friends for their extraordinary support of this event throughout the last 17 years. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who contributed to this success!

Save the date of Saturday, October 28, 2017, for the next TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, benefiting amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.

2016 Honoree

Photo credit by Noah Webb. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Laura Owens (b. 1970, Euclid, Ohio) lives and works in Los Angeles. For the past two decades, Owens’s influential work has questioned the parameters and possibilities for making and viewing a painting today. She has continually shifted the terms of her practice, incorporating figuration, abstraction, digital techniques, and gestural mark making into multivalent compositions that confound expectations of pictorial space.

Owens’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2016); Secession, Vienna (2015); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011); Kunsthalle Zürich (2006); Camden Arts Centre, London (2006); Milwaukee Art Museum (2003); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2003); and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2001), among other venues.

Owens’s art has also been featured in group exhibitions such as Forever Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); Undiscovered Country, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004); Whitney Biennial (2004); Public Offerings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (1999); and Vertical Painting Show, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (1997). She is the founder of 356 S. Mission Rd., a contemporary art exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles.

As part of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2016, Laura Owens will receive the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS in recognition of her generous support of amfAR’s programs. The award presentation will take place during a brunch on Sunday, October 23, hosted by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at The Warehouse. TWO x TWO is honored to have Laura Owens as the featured artist of our 18th annual event. On behalf of amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art, we extend heartfelt thanks to Laura, and to Gavin Brown, Sadie Coles, and Gisela Capitain, for their extraordinary support of this event.

Past TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art honorees include renowned artists 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.

2015 Honoree

Ellsworth Kelly is among the world’s most important abstract artists with a career spanning more than six decades. His paintings, sculptures, and works on papers place an emphasis on pure form and color, suppressing gesture and creating spatial unity. According to Kelly, “My work demands your actual presence so that you can experience how the work—the color and the forms relate to everything in the space.”

Kelly’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou. He has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Medal of the Arts.

The artist is well represented in Texas with hundreds of works in public and private collections throughout the state, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection in Houston and a site-specific work at Dallas Symphony Hall.

Recently, the Blanton Museum of Art announced plans to construct Kelly’s Austin, a stone building with luminous stained glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone reliefs of Italian marble, all designed by the artist.

As part of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 2015, Ellsworth Kelly will receive the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS in recognition of his continuous support of amfAR’s programs. The award presentation will take place during a brunch on Sunday, October 25, hosted by Amy Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and sponsored by U.S. Trust, at The Warehouse. TWO x TWO is honored to have Ellsworth Kelly as the featured artist of our 17th annual event. On behalf of amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art, we extend heartfelt thanks to Ellsworth, his studio, and to Matthew Marks, for their extraordinary support of this event.

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