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 …

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Photo by Jack Shear

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 …

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TWO x TWO 2016 presenting sponsor HARRY WINSTON

Harry Winston, INC. continues milestone partnership with amfAR.

New Venture Leverages the Power of Celebrity Support to Raise Funds and Awareness to Find a Cure for HIV/AIDS

Building on its legacy of philanthropy and charitable giving, international fine jeweler and watchmaker, Harry Winston, Inc., today announced a groundbreaking new partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, that represents the single largest corporate partnership in the Foundation’s history. Through a wide range of contributions including direct financial support and in-kind donations, Harry Winston will help advance amfAR’s efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.

Harry Winston will become the first company to serve as the presenting sponsor for the organization’s 27 gala events taking place across the globe over the next three years. These events are vital to raising more than half of amfAR’s general operating support, enabling the organization to invest wisely in pioneering research and programs. The company will also become a leading supporter of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure for HIV/AIDS by …

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Chris Salgardo

2013 Leadership Award Recipient

Chris Salgardo has been with Kiehl’s, the New York-based skin care company, for 13 years and has been president for the past seven years. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has been a staunch supporter of amfAR for more than a decade, sponsoring events and generously providing in-kind donations for event silent auctions, gift bags, and appreciation gifts for amfAR’s VIP supporters. Under Chris Salgardo’s stewardship, Kiehl’s has also created several limited-edition products to benefit the Foundation.

In 2010, Chris decided to ratchet up his company’s support of amfAR and get people talking about AIDS by launching the “Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR.” Chris recruits celebrities to join him on a week-long motorcycle ride through major U.S. cities with multiple high-profile Kiehl’s store events to raise awareness of AIDS along the way. At each stop, Kiehl’s makes a donation to amfAR.

amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost joined Chris and his intrepid riders for the third annual Kiehl’s LifeRide in July 2012. The grueling 1,800-mile ride began in Miami and ended in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the International AIDS Conference. Along the way, …

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2012 Honoree

Born in Massachusetts in 1962, Richard Phillips lives and works in New York. He is known for his strikingly distinctive paintings. Drawn from found imagery, his work deals with the marketability of man, his wishes, ideas, actions, identity, sexuality, politics, and desires. He translates these images into both drawings and paintings executed through a traditional process. In doing so, he makes use of the iconic quality of pictures, which the media and Art use daily – each according to its own agenda. His recent exhibition, Most Wanted at White Cube in London, for example, featured ten larger than life celebrity portraits set against red carpet step-and-repeat backdrops.

Perhaps more so than any other contemporary painter of his kind, Phillips’ imagery has achieved a level of pop recognition outside of the art world with fashion, media and film collaborations. He has contributed to the television show Gossip Girl, MAC Cosmetics, The Art Production Fund, and Visionaire. He recently appeared as a guest judge on Bravo’s new TV series “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”.

Phillips has exhibited his work in …

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