Ten years after the first (RED) auction was organized at Sotheby’s by Bono and Damien Hirst, the band is getting back together. This time, Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye are the organizers bringing in artists like Teresity Fernandez, Sean Scully, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu and Jeff Koons:
Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye will collaborate with Bono to curate the third (RED)Auction to support the fight against AIDS.
Centered on the theme of light and the color red, the collection of contemporary art and design will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during Art Basel in 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 on World AIDS Day (1 December).
Artists donating works to the auction include Jeff Koons, Ai Weiwei, Wangechi Mutu, Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson (who curated the second (RED) Auction), Christo, Sean Scully, Marilyn Minter, Frank Gehry, Guillermo Kuitca and Teresita Fernández, among others. In addition, Sir David Adjaye and Theaster Gates will create unique pieces for the sale.
The December event follows two previous (RED) Auctions conducted by Sotheby’s, which together raised $68 million. The first, organized 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 programs in Chicago with the Rebuild Foundation – an organization championed by Theaster Gates.