Healing Arts

Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Nan Goldin, Julian Schnabel, Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith—through the years, renowned artists as well as galleries have donated works to raise funds for amfAR. With TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual dinner and art auction benefiting amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), this extraordinary partnership continues.

Since 1999, Cindy Rachofsky, amfAR board member, and husband Howard Rachofsky have hosted the event in their Dallas home, joined of late by co-hosts Lisa and John Runyon. To date, the event has raised over $120 million. On October 21, over 130 outstanding works of art were up for auction at TWO x TWO 2023, which raised $7.7 million. Meet a few of the generous artists and learn why they support the event.

A Fluke, 2023
Sculpture (cast patinaed bronze)
12 x 8.5 x 6 inches
Josh Lilley

Rebecca Manson
Bedford Hills, New York

“I think we all sort of strive to make an impact with our work, but to make an impact toward these really important causes…it’s an empowering thing to go through as an artist.”

Evita Tezeno
Dallas, Texas

“amfAR is very important to me because I had a very close cousin that passed away from complications of AIDS. And the DMA is important because they provide great art and activities.”

The World Is Yours,
Never Stop Dreaming, 2023
Acrylic and mixed media
collage on canvas
24 x 18 inches
Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles

Essential vs. Insignificant, 2022
Mixed media on raw canvas
60 x 48 inches
Erin Cluley Gallery

William Atkinson
Dallas, Texas

“Supporting TWO x TWO is incredibly important to me. One, as someone who grew up in Dallas and now resides in Dallas, it is a way to have both global and local impact in one event. With amfAR any time you have a global impact with the cure for AIDS and trying to ease the pain and suffering of people globally, that’s incredibly important.”

Jay Shinn

Jay Shinn
Dallas, Texas

“The first reason would be to support the Dallas Museum of Art, which is our most important art institution here in the city and has a great contemporary collection. A lot of the proceeds from TWO x TWO do go back into growing that collection. The other side of this is the AIDS research aspect of this through amfAR…[AIDS] is a disease that is still prevalent all over the world and it’s not over yet, as so many people seem to forget.”

Paradise Highway Veneer, 2019
Color pencil and graphite on wood veneer
18 ½ x 18 ½ inches (framed)
Barry Whistler Gallery

Videos and photos by Colby Tallia


Our web page features a highlight video of the 2023 event.

Visit the official TWO x TWO website.