MTV RE:DEFINE Auction Focuses The Art World’s Attention On Dallas

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MTVs’s RE:DEFINE exhibition opens this weekend at Dallas Contemporary; it’s on view through the closing auction and party on April 4, with all works also hosted online via Paddle8. A fundraiser to benefit the MTV-helmed HIV/AIDS charity Staying Alive Foundation, as well as the museum itself, RE:DEFINE kicks off a weeks-long spree of art events in Dallas: Julian Schnabel, Richard Phillips, and Paula Crown at Dallas Contemporary; Fredrik Vaerslev at The Power Station; David Bates at Nasher Sculpture Center;  and the Dallas Art Fair,  April 11–13.

RE:DEFINE is curated by The Future Tense and Peter Doroshenko, working in conjunction with the Goss-Michael Foundation. Artworks being auctioned include Chris Levine’s fluorescent-screenprint-with-Svwarovski-crystal portrait of the Queen, above, as well as sculptures by Sarah Lucas and Nicolas Lobo; painting by Josh Abelow,  Angel Otero, and a (seemingly very undervalued) Chris Martin; a huge photograph of Lindsay Lohan by Richard Phillips; and much, much more.

Oh, and here’s where I really bury the lede: Yours Truly has a small painting in RE:DEFINE as well, marking perhaps the only time something I’ve made will share a room with something that Damien Hirst made. (Mine costs about 1/100th of what Damien’s costs. Also, it’s better. Just saying). You can bid on it here, starting March 21. I fully expect my market to expand quite rapidly (think Oscar Murillo + Lucien Smith, on steroids AND cocaine), so your investment is more than sound.

Visit the MTV RE:DEFINE site here for more information. And if you’re visiting Dallas in April, don’t forget George W. Bush’s debut solo exhibition at the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum (a shockingly sympathetic institution). The man may have blood on his hands, but I’ll admit he has a knack for painting dogs and cats, not to mention shower self-portraits.