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Artworks go on sale for children in Haiti

Actor Ben Stiller is one of the guiding lights behind an art auction for Haiti

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Artworks go on sale for children in Haiti

August 30 2011
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Before the earthquake in January 2010, fewer than half of school-age children in Haiti received an education – a situation made worse by the destruction of about 8,000 schools serving 1.8m students in the Port-au-Prince area. The Stiller Foundation, a non-profit which was set up to rebuild schools following the earthquake, is currently working on four projects there – and this month, it will be one of the initial beneficiaries of Artists for Haiti, an auction of 25 major artworks at Christie’s in New York.

The works – think Dan Flavin, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons and lots such as Marlene Dumas’s My Mother oil painting (second picture) and one of Adel Abdessemed’s metal maps (first picture) – were pulled together by gallerist David Zwirner and actor Ben Stiller, and all proceeds – estimated to come in at around $10m – will be distributed with the help of advisory service Global Philanthropy Group to non-profit organisations focused on Haitian reconstruction and redevelopment.

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