(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.”
An original Verbicky painting was auctioned off last week alongside an array of impressive artworks at the sprawling home of Houston philanthropists’ John & Becca Cason Thrash.
The artworks were sold during the preview cocktail party held at the Thrash residence, where collectors were able to bid on pieces before the main event, the 2012 Houston Ballet Ball, which will be held on Wednesday, February 15th at the Wortham Theatre Center in Houston, Texas.
All proceeds go directly to benefit the Houston Ballet.