Telluride AIDS Benefit: Art Auction, 2/26
TAB’s art auction takes place Friday, February 26, noon- 9 p.m., Sheridan Opera House. The Gala Fashion Show is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 8 – 10 p.m. TAB events end with a sample sale of designer clothes, Monday, February 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sheridan Opera House.
Can’t attend the fashion show? There is yet another opportunity to watch the action. The Town of Mountain Village airs the gala live – on Mountain Village Cable Channel 15 and online at townofmountainvillage.com/video.
- “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world!” —Robert Rauschenberg, October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008
American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement, Rauschenberg is well known for his “Combines” of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, paper making, and performance. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993. He became the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts in 1995 in recognition of his more than 40 years of fruitful art making.
This auction item was donated by amFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Art and fashion have played aesthetic footsy for centuries.
Through the years – from China in 1000 BC to Roman paintings adapted from Etruscans and Greeks, through to the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods, onto the 20th century and the advent of modernism to the present day – portraits have celebrated celebrity – great families, great beauty – but the subtext of those paintings was almost always the fashions of the day. One of the most famous contemporary examples is Gustav Klimt’s lavishly loving “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” aka, “The Woman in Gold.”
Then came AIDS.
When AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) struck – the virus diagnosed for the first time in 1981; officially was announced in the U.S. in 1984 – among the early victims of the pandemic were major designers such as Perry Ellis and Chester Weinberg, and art icons such as Keith Haring, so fashionistas and art world superstars rallied as never before among them, Kenneth Cole, Anna Winter of Vogue, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Robert Rauschenberg, who all did their bit (major bits) for the cause.
Art about AIDS or in support of AIDS causes is as varied as its many creators, but generally it springs from a very personal place. Whatever form it takes, however, is always a victory for the transformative powers of the imagination to turn devastation into hope.
Such as in Telluride.
In Telluride, art and fashion came together 23 years ago under the banner of the Telluride AIDS Benefit because, back in 1993, the event’s muse, Robert Presley, a local celebrity who was battling HIV/AIDS, was a walking, talking sartorial hyperbole, a fabric artist who created over-the-top costumes and whimsical fiber art.
An art auction to raise awareness and funds for TAB’s seven beneficiaries was the brainchild of TAB’s first director, Amy Kimberly. For 21 years, however, Barbel Hacke, director of the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art and close friend of Presley’s, has made the event her baby, donating months of time and talent towards putting together a mega sale of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, furniture, fabric art, mixed media works, jewelry, and other personal accessories.
“Once again I am awed by the generosity of our extended community, which never fails to make important and valuable art available at bargain prices,” explained Baerbel. “The auction is a unique opportunity to acquire something wonderful for yourself and your home while helping others in dire need. Remember, TAB help supports five nonprofits who in turn support people young and old forced to deal with the consequences of HIV/AIDS. Let’s maintain our track record: everything in the room must find a home.”
The list of participating artists for 2016 follows:
Michelle Curry Wright
Nancy B. Frank
Stephanie Mogan Rogers
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