"A Major Exhibition and Benefit Auction Marking 30 Years of AIDS"

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation presents MTV RE:DEFINE 2011, a benefit art exhibition and auction to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus.

Exhibition curators The Future Tense have assembled an eclectic roster of 30 original works valued at over $1m from some of the world’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. Many of the featured works have been commissioned exclusively for the project.

The 30 contributing artists for MTV RE:DEFINE 2011 are as follows:

Lee Baker, Adam Ball, Peter Blake, Billy Childish, D*Face, Brian Adam Douglas, Elizabeth Eamer, Ben Eine, Tracey Emin, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Katrin Fridriks, Christopher Gascoigne, Pam Glew, Haroshi, Pieter Henket, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Kost, Joseph Loughborough, James Marshall, Harland Miller, Polly Morgan, Gérard Rancinan, Rankin, Stuart Semple, Jamel Shabazz, Benjamin Shine, Gavin Turk, Dan Witz and Russell Young.

Hosted at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, MTV RE:DEFINE 2011 will open to the public from September 16 – 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, “Phillips 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.”

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.

Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of the Staying Alive Foundation said, “MTV has always naturally partnered with cutting edge talent and artists, and I’m delighted that we are doing so on this occasion to support the work of the Staying Alive Foundation. Each one of the 30 pieces of art represents a year since the discovery of AIDS and the proceeds from each work will make a huge contribution to empowering young people engaged in fighting the stigma, spread and threat of the epidemic 30 years on. I want to thank each and every artist for their enormous generosity.”

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 Liveauctioneers.com.

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