Rediscovered Keith Haring mural to be auctioned off for charity in New York

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In 1986, New York artist Keith Haring was commissioned to create some designs for patients at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. The story goes that Haring visited three times and ran from room to room with a marker and notepad and sketched for many patients. On his third and final visit, Haring asked if he could paint a mural on the second floor of the children’s wing.

With the hospital’s blessing, he immediately began drawing on the hospital wallpaper. Patients came out of their rooms to watch his lively painting process and listen to him as he chatted with them about art. The result? A 15-foot-wide mural featuring a two-headed dog and five pairs of sneakers. At the bottom left of the fresco is a child (to represent all the children in the hospital). There’s also a caterpillar and another flexible creature riding the top of the two-headed dog.

“Hospitalization and illness can be traumatic for children, adolescents and families,” said Diane Rode, Senior Director, Patient and Family Centered Care, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. “During his visits to young patients at Mount Sinai, Keith Haring showed us the direct power and place of art, play and imagination in humanizing healthcare. In this dynamic work, which he created under the gaze of children in wheelchairs, the artist shares his great empathy, his energy and his sense of hope. This work uniquely captures the spirit of Keith Haring, his commitment to touching the lives of children and families, and the powerful intent of his visits to Mount Sinai: to spark optimism, creativity and community.

In 1989, the building was demolished to make way for the Guggenheim Pavilion, which now serves as the main campus for Mount Sinai Hospital. Fortunately, the mural was saved and preserved for over 30 years. It has not been seen publicly so far.

The “Mural for The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York” will be auctioned at Sotheby’s with an estimate of $500,000-700,000 on November 17, but will be on display in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries until November 16. sold, a portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the innovative programs and clinical care offered by Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital and Mount Sinai Children’s Health.

“Keith Haring is one of the most important and beloved artists to emerge from the downtown New York art scene of the 1980s, alongside peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, George Condo , Julian Schnabel and many more,” Nicole said. Schloss, head of the contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s, New York. “While Haring’s unique and illustrative style continues to resonate with art lovers around the world, it is perhaps in his large-scale public murals that Haring’s deeply empathetic vision as an artist is most clearly articulated. As a strong believer in the social power of art, Haring’s public works, especially his hospital murals, show not only his compassion and humanity, but also his belief that art can enrich and heal.

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