Two x Two – Dallas Morning News

Two x Two brings in $8.6 million

The results are in, and Two x Two for AIDS and Art has achieved another record year, raising $8.6 million to benefit the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Hosted for 17 years by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their sleek home, the Rachofsky House, the glamorous auction of contemporary art and luxury goods is the largest fund-raiser for both organizations.

Nancy Rogers was chair of Saturday’s gala, and the First Look preview party on Thursday was hosted by Elaine Agather, chairwoman of JP Morgan Chase, and her daughter, FD fashion editor Bradley Agather Means.

The auction featured 127 artworks by notables including Tony Horton, Giuseppe Penone and Jonas Wood, as well as emerging artists such as Dallas’ own Rebecca Carter. Its zenith was the $2.3 million sale of Ellsworth Kelly’s White Form, which was deemed a “museum-quality masterpiece” by DMA contemporary art curator Gavin Delahunty.

Though Kelly wasn’t able to attend, he was the event’s artist honoree.

Local gala-planning impresario Todd Fiscus, owner of Todd Events, was also spotlighted for giving $1 million worth of in-kind services to Two x Two over the years.

Fiscus and Kelly each received a signature timepiece from Harry Winston Inc., which co-presented the gala with Audi.

“The success of Saturday night’s event is due to the unmatched generosity of the artists, gallerists and Two x Two supporters from across the U.S. and overseas,” Howard Rachofsky said. “Their commitment is unparalleled, and their donations of amazing art have allowed us to raise $8.6 million, bringing our 17-year total to nearly $61 million.”

For more, visit twoxtwo.org.