Michael Craig-Martin at MTV Re:Define

Dallas Art Fair’s glittering benefit gala dinner and auction

Michael Craig-MartinUmbrella (blue), 2011Ed. 2/3 +1 AP$200,000
Michael Craig-MartinUmbrella (blue), 2011Ed. 2/3 +1 AP$200,000 | Image: © Michael Craig-Martin, courtesy Gagosian Gallery

“Everything is bigger in Texas,” as the saying goes, and this certainly holds true for the Dallas Art Fair, an ever-expanding cultural programme highlighting international galleries, local museums and dynamic events from Thursday April 9 to Sunday April 12.

Rachel HowardThe Bride (Interior), 2013-2014$45,000
Rachel HowardThe Bride (Interior), 2013-2014$45,000 | Image: Courtesy Rachel Howard and Blain Southern

This year, in addition to exhibitors from around the globe – Galerie Perrotin (New York, Paris, Hong Kong), Labor (Mexico City), Josh Lilley (London), The Apartment (Vancouver) and RaebervonStenglin (Zurich) among them – the festivities will centre around the fourth annual MTV Re:Define gala dinner and auction on Friday April 10 (tickets from $1,000; tables from $10,000). All proceeds will benefit Dallas Contemporary, a non-collecting experimental museum space and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to the eradication of HIV among young people.


The evening – hosted by Dallas patrons of the arts Joyce and Kenny Goss – will honour iconic British artist Michael Craig-Martin, 10 of whose sculptural works will also be on display throughout the city’s public spaces until the end of May, including at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center. Works up for sale by other noted contemporary artists include Rachel Howard’s mixed media The Bride (from $45,000, second picture), Chris Succo’s lacquer, linen and adhesive installation All Songs Have an Ending (from $20,000, third picture) and Richard Patterson’s limited-edition framed archival C-type print Fair Park Pavilion Sculpture No 5 (from $40,000) – alongside pieces by Nate Lowman (appointed a “music curator” for the evening), as well as Julian Schnabel, Ryan Gander and David Salle.

Chris SuccoAll Songs Have an Ending, 2015$20,000
Chris SuccoAll Songs Have an Ending, 2015$20,000 | Image: Courtesy Chris Succo and Journal Gallery

The star lot of the night, however, will undoubtedly be honouree Craig-Martin’s 
enormous Umbrella (Blue) (from $200,000, first picture), a powder-coated steel 


The auction has also just gone live on online site Paddle8.com, for those unable to make it on the night. Last year’s event raised close to $2m, so here’s hoping for a Texas-sized turnout to support these worthy causes.

To see works Michael Craig-Martin showed in the UK last year, read about his exhibition at Alan Cristea.

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