(Above) Bhavanga 18, original by James Verbicky, donated to the 2018 TWOxTWO Auction.
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, the annual event that benefits the Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, raised a record $9.3 million at the 20th anniversary gala on Saturday night at the Rachofsky House.
Artist Dana Schutz received the 2018 amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS, and legendary singer Diana Ross provided entertainment for the 500 people who attended the black-tie gala.
“The 20th annual benefit dinner and art auction that jointly benefits amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. The black-tie gala dinner will feature a live and silent auction of significant contemporary art, as well as the presentation of amfAR’s 2018 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. Sponsored by Cadillac, Sotheby’s, Dom Pérignon, Chubb Personal Insurance / IMA | Waldman, and Todd Events.”
“Fantastic night at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Honored to have contributed a piece (Bhavanga, Study of 9, 2018) to the event. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music does amazing, life-changing work for kids and the community.”
August 1st marked my third Sea Change Summer Party with Joanne Artman, benefiting the amazing conservation organization Oceana. The last two were held at a lavish villa in Laguna Beach, and this year the venue was a gorgeous pavilion overlooking the sea at the Strand in Dana Point, a developing oceanfront region that proved to be an awe-inspiring backdrop for the speakers of Oceana. The Pacific loomed beside us: beautiful, immense; a presence in the room.
Oceana does magnificently what would seem impossible: they pair a serious, sometimes downright grim topic (the devastation of our oceans) with lighthearted notes that elegantly allow the guest to engage with the material and actually hear what the speakers are sharing. They tell the truth about the seriousness of the situation, but also provide examples of their progress and success, allowing the listener to avoid shutting down: which I feel is a defense mechanism in our intensely media and news-saturated age. They are truly gaining ground and making an impact, and I am proud to have been able to donate and contribute during the auction portions of each event.
It was an honor to attend the 2014 SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach this past weekend with my wife. Joanne Artman of the local Joanne Artman Gallery hosted us, and it was a blast. This year, the host / honoree was Leonardo DiCaprio, and he, alongside the many eloqent speakers, gave rousing speeches about both the current state of our oceans, and the amazing, unbelievable work and progress Oceana has made in defending, protecting, and preserving our oceans. It was an inspiring evening. Here are some images.
After successfully donating and helping to raise funds for the Waterkeeper Alliance earlier this year in NYC, James Verbicky is excited to be participating in this fall’s Art for Water: LA event!! Waterkeeper Alliance president Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will join artist chair Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles on September 25th, 2013.
Wednesday marked the 2013 Art of Elysium ‘Pieces of Heaven’ charity auction, and it was a huge success, raising 60k with help from such artists as Shepard Fairey, David Arquette, Mr. Brainwash, James Rosenquist, and Donald Sultan. The auction was operated by Christie’s, and sponsored by Ciroc Vodka. Here are a few shots from the night!