The MTV Staying Alive Foundation has announced the final details of its RE:DEFINE benefit art exhibition and auction to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus, including the full list of contributing artists.
Event curators The Future Tense have assembled an eclectic roster of 30 original works valued at over $1m from some of the worldâ€™s most exciting, dynamic and sometimes controversial artists, including painting, photography, sculpture and a large-scale public installation in downtown Dallas by street artist Ben Eine. The 30 contributing artists are as follows:
Lee Baker, Shepard Fairey, Harland Miller, Adam Ball, Katrin Fridriks, Polly Morgan, Peter Blake, Christopher Gascoigne, GÃ©rard Rancinan, Billy Childish, Pam Glew, Rankin, D*Face, Haroshi, Stuart Semple, Brian Adam Douglas, Pieter Henket, Jamel Shabazz, Elizabeth Eamer, Damien Hirst, Benjamin Shine, Ben Eine, Jeremy Kost, Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin, Joseph Loughborough, Dan Witz, Faile, James Marshall, Russell Young
Hosted at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, MTV RE:DEFINE will be open to the public from September 16 â€“ 23 with a live auction of all 30 works taking place at an exclusive reception on September 24, hosted by Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which encourages, energizes and empowers young people who are involved in HIV and AIDS awareness, education and prevention campaigns.
Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company said, â€œPhillips de Pury is thrilled to support the fabulous initiative of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and of the Goss-Michael Foundation and The Future Tense.â€
The evening will culminate in a live performance by alt-rock phenom, The Boxer Rebellion who are due to begin a major 22-date tour of North America in October to promote their latest album, The Cold Still.
Tennessee-born Nathan Nicholson, lead vocalist for The Boxer Rebellion said, â€œThe Boxer Rebellion are proud to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and feel privileged to play at this ground-breaking RE:DEFINE benefit event. We take our social responsibilities very seriously, and to be part of an event with such immense social and artistic merit â€“ aimed at empowering young people all over the world to fight HIV and AIDS â€“ is a real honor for us.â€
Collectors unable to attend the event in person will have a wide range of absentee bidding options, including the ability to both view and bid in real-time, simultaneous with the live event via the following link:
Full absentee bidding information can be found at:
The catalogue for the event can be found at:
Sponsors of MTV RE:DEFINE include MoÃ«t & Chandon, The Dallas Morning News, Neiman Marcus, Hotel Zaza, Ben E. Keith Beverage Company, Land Rover/Range Rover of Dallas, RP Valet and Crazy Water.
For further information please visit the official website at www.mtvredefine.com
You can also follow the project on Twitter via @mtvredefine and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mtvredefine
ABOUT THE BOXER REBELLION
London based alt-rockers The Boxer Rebellion have forged a career that has literally set industry landmarks and defied the odds from day one. The 2009 self-released Union LP saw them become the first wholly independent band in history to enter the Billboard Albums Chart on digital sales alone. iTunes US ultimately declared Union their 2009 Alternative Album of the Year and in 2010 the band performed as themselves in Drew Barrymoreâ€™s Going the Distance, also starring Justin Long, Charlie Day, Christina Applegate and Jason Sudeikis.
The Boxer Rebellionâ€™s third studio album The Cold Still – produced by the legendary Ethan Johns – is an exercise in master class performances and sophisticated song writing. Regarded by Billboard Magazine as an â€œepic, effortless offering from a quartet dead set on perfecting their craft,â€ it is monumental and intimate in equal measure, and secured the band their network TV debut courtesy of David Letterman.
Known not only for their critically acclaimed albums and music videos, but also for their fearsome live reputation, The Boxer Rebellion have already enjoyed two sold out North American tours to date and will return in October 2011 for an extended set of shows across Mexico, the US, and Canada.
The Boxer Rebellion is Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson, Australian guitarist Todd Howe, and Englishmen Adam Harrison and Piers Hewitt on bass and drums.
For more information visit: www.theboxerrebellion.com