Love sphere, 2018
‘I like the idea of using art and culture to generate awareness and support for people to get healthy. There are amazing stories of what happens through access to life-saving anti-retroviral medication, but the fight is only at the halfway point. This is a dangerous time because people think AIDS isn’t a threat anymore. We have to keep the pressure on and get new generations involved at home if we’re going to put an end to AIDS once and for all’, says artist Theaster Gates, who, together with Sir David Adjaye, has collaborated with musician and activist Bono to curate the third (RED) Auction to support the fight against AIDS.
Centred on the theme of light and the colour red, the collection of contemporary art and design will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami on the evening of 5 December 2018 – including global bidding that will be available live online and by phone. The auction will be preceded by a public exhibition presented by Gagosian at the famed Moore Building, which will open 1 December. Olafur has donated his work ‘Love sphere’ to be auctioned at the event.
The December event follows two previous (RED) Auctions conducted by Sotheby’s which collectively raised $68 million. The first, organised by Bono and Damien Hirst in February 2008, featured works donated by Hirst, Banksy, Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Georg Baselitz, and Howard Hodgkin, among others, and established 17 new auction records. The second, curated by Jony Ive and Marc Newson in 2013, offered important 20th- and 21st-century design, and attracted matching funds for the AIDS fight from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
To date, (RED) has generated more than $500 million for the Global Fund to support lifesaving HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Proceeds from this year’s auction will continue to support community-based programs in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, while also providing assistance to the HIV fight through community-strengthening programmes in Chicago with the Rebuild Foundation – an organisation championed by Theaster Gates.
Photos of the artwork by Jens Ziehe
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