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Friday, January 9, 2009
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George Michael and Kenny Goss enjoy the limelight. (Courtesy Dallas Observer)

George Michael and Kenny Goss enjoy the limelight. (Courtesy Dallas Observer)

While pop singer George Michael spent 2008 loitering in public restrooms, making cameo appearances on British television, and touring the world, he somehow found time to join his boyfriend, Kenny Goss, in planning a foray into architecture. The Art Newspaper reported in December that the couple announced that they will be building a 10,000-square-foot gallery in Dallas, Texas, in which to display their extensive collection of contemporary British art.

Kenny regards part of his collections, Damien Hirsts Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain (Courtesy SFGate)

Kenny regards part of his collection, Damien Hirst's "Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain" (Courtesy SFGate)

Goss, a Texas native, was a cheerleading coach and sport-clothing executive before hooking up with Michael. The pair has been collecting contemporary British art for the past 11 years and now own more than 500 works, valued at more than $200 million. The collection includes pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, Chris Ofili, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Angus Fairhurst, Gilbert & George, Bridget Riley, Gary Hume, Mark Titchner and Michael Craig-Martin, among others.

Tracy Emins tribute to George and Kenny (Courtesy Dallas News)

Tracy Emin's tribute to George and Kenny (Courtesy Dallas News)

In June 2007, Goss and Michael launched the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, and opened a 6,000-square-foot space to exhibit their collection. The foundation also offers a resource center with a library and archive of research materials for students, educators and aspiring artists, as well as a scholarship program for the benefit of Texas high school seniors. Since 2007, the foundation has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to visual arts and music students enabling them to pursue a higher education in the arts.

The new facility, to be designed ground-up by Dallas-based firm Buchanan Architecture, will provide more space to exhibit the couple’s permanent collection, as well as travelling shows. A design for the project has yet to be released and a representative of Buchanan Architecture told AN that they were still in the process of land procurement.

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