David Furnish and celebrated multi-disciplinary artist Chris Levine hosted the preview night of Inner (Deep) Space, Levine’s exhibition of new immersive sensory installation artworks on sale during Frieze Week including a donation from sales in benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
A great supporter and friend of the charity, Chris Levine is perhaps best known for producing what is already being described as one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century, Lightness of Being, which he donated an edition of for auction at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party earlier this year. Further works have also been donated by Chris Levine during the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Year for live auction at its New York Fall Gala in November 2018 and the next Academy Awards Viewing Party in February 2019.
The preview event launches a week-long programme at 1 Park Village East, celebrating Chris Levine’s diverse practice in tandem with Frieze Art Fair, open to the public and running until 9 October.
"The breakthrough work of EJAF is something close to my heart after some dear personal losses and it’s an honour and a privilege to be able to support it. Awareness is a critical factor and the global mindset is evolving as the work of the Foundation radiates its loving message. Anything I can do as an artist to help, now and into the future, is my compassionate duty. Total respect," commented Chris Levine.
The exhibition preview at Park Village Studios near Regent’s Park, saw 150 guests and EJAF supporters, including Neil Tennant, Lulu, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, David Cholmondeley & Rose Hanbury, Christina Estrada, Jo Manoukian, Nadja Swarovski & Rupert Adams and Theo & Louise Fennell treated to a private view of Levine’s largest solo exhibition to date.
“All of us at the Elton John AIDS Foundation are profoundly grateful to Chris Levine for supporting our lifesaving mission so generously through donating works of art to our live auctions and graciously offering us the opportunity to host this preview event. Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, artists have played a vital role in the international response to this health crisis by calling public attention to the epidemic through their work and supporting AIDS organisations through donations like Chris’. We are proud to welcome Chris into the company of artists who so generously support our urgent work,” commented David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Chris Levine’s work forms part of David Furnish and Sir Elton John’s private contemporary art collection.
(Photos by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Chris Levine )