KENNY GOSS AND CO-CHAIR JOYCE GOSS TAKE PATRON BEHIND THE SCENES OF A FRONT-PAGE
CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION BENEFITING A GLOBAL HIV PREVENTION AND AWARENESS CHARITY.
PORTRAIT BY STEVE WRUBEL
BY TERRI PROVENCAL WITH KENNY GOSS
t’s auction time, but before you raise your paddle, pause to
consider the profusion of eminent contemporary artworks
at this year’s MTV RE:DEFINE taking place Friday Apr. 4
at Dallas Contemporary. The M TV Staying Alive Foundation,
together with the Goss-Michael Foundation and Dallas
Contemporary, will present the third-annual installment of
MTV RE:DEFINE, a choice art exhibition, auction, and
gala with over 80 predominant artists, including many young
British artist notables.
The high-stakes festivities are helmed by co-chairs Kenny
Goss, the engaging energetic art adherent and co-founder
of the Goss-Michael Foundation along with his sister-in-law Joyce Goss, the comely, sophisticated executive director
who doubles as a committed fundraiser for many charities.
Honorary guest Jerry Hall joins the duo this year.
Curated by the Future Tense and Dallas Contemporary’s
director Peter Doroshenko, artist Richard Phillips will serve
as the benefit’s music curator. Brooklyn-based Starred is set
to perform. Phillips has his own exhibition opening at Dallas
Contemporary on Apr. 11 that runs through Aug. 10.
As an ebullient Kenny Goss tells us, “The exciting thing
for me about RE:DEFINE is the level of amazing art that
has been contributed this year. Joyce and Kenny effuse, “We
have received over 95 standout art pieces from incredibly
important contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Sarah
Lucas, Julian Schnabel, Richard Phillips, Mat Collishaw, and
Piotr Uklanski; and hot emerging artists like Angel Otero,
Michelle Grabner, Conor Harrington, Joe Black, Chris Levine,
Jonathan Yeo, and Kevin Francis Gray, to name a few. It’s
going to be a night to remember and it will spotlight what The
MTV Staying Alive Foundation dedicates itself to: stopping
the spread of HIV and AIDS.”
Here Kenny Goss offers a preview and commentary of the
artists and their works.
Co-chairs Kenny Goss and Joyce Goss