Allison V. Smith, photographer
“I find Dallas-based artist Luke Harden’s paintings quiet and meditative despite their repetitive static. Over the years, I have seen him seamlessly translate his background of video onto canvas. The simple process of his paintings has complicated results that leave me mesmerized. Luke is represented by the Barry Whistler Gallery and was recently in a memorable group exhibition at Site 131.”
Ted Kincaid, painter
“I have been absolutely in awe of Geoff Hippenstiel’s work ever since I first laid eyes on a painting at Devin Borden Gallery in Houston. Hovering precariously between pure abstraction and representation, between painting and sculpture, Geoff concocts thick, luscious objects, employing every method and technique that in any other hands would guarantee failure. Like a powerful danseur, he makes these impressive, almost athletic paintings appear effortless.”
The number of dollars raised over the last 18 years during Two x Two for AIDS and Art, held at the Richard Meier-designed home of Howard and Cindy Rachofsky. More than $7.5 million was raised the night of this year’s black-tie event, with a painting by 2016 honoree artist Laura Owens going for $1.2 million. All the proceeds benefit the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.