Artists for Haiti Auction: Ben Stiller, Chuck Close and More

Ben Stiller has rounded up works from Chuck Close, Jasper Johns and more artists to benefit Haiti.

Gift of The Easton Foundation, courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Cheim & Read, Photo by Christopher Burke

Courtesy the artist and Pace Prints

Ben Stiller Brings Art to the Rescue of Haiti

A 2007 self-portrait by Chuck Close, one of 26 objects that famous artists have donated to help the victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake, at the prodding of Ben Stiller, the actor-with-a-conscience who also collects art.

The works go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in New York on Sept. 22, with previews at Christie's Sept. 17 through 20. Christie's and David Zwirner are waving their cuts, so 100 percent of the hammer price will go to established non-profits working in Haiti. The day after the sale, Bill Clinton, Stiller, and Zwirner will host a high-end gala to raise further funds.

Earlier this year, Stiller invited Zwirner to join him in Haiti, then asked for his help in finding blue-chip contemporary artists who would support the country’s rebuilding, in a project called "Artists for Haiti.” Some donors made new pieces that speak to the matter at hand: Raymond Pettibon, for instance, contributed two gorgeous, giant images of inescapable waves. Other artists such as Cindy Sherman and Marlene Dumas merely offered up impressive objects that ought to go for a fortune.

- Blake Gopnik

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures

Artists for Haiti: Cindy Sherman

A classic photo of Cindy Sherman posing as someone other than herself.

© Jasper Johns /Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Jasper Johns

In 2009, Jasper Johns put ink down on plastic, in an image of feet that seems distinctly elegiac.

Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Photo by Adam Reich

Raymond Pettibon

Raymond Pettibon's No Title (But the sand...), painted in acrylic, ink, and pastel, on a sheet of paper about seven by ten feet.

Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio, 2011

Marlene Dumas

My moeder voor sy my moeder was (My mother before she became my mother), a 2010 oil by Marlene Dumas.

Gift of The Easton Foundation, courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Cheim & Read, Photo by Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, who died last year at 98, made this bronze in 2005. Its echoes of bones and limbs and detritus seem to suit the cause it's being sold to support.

 

Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, Photo by Ron Amstutz

Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs, Le juif errant (The Wandering Jew), painted and collaged onto canvas in 2011.

Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York

Luc Tuymans

Deal - No Deal, an unusually colorful work painted this year by the Belgian Luc Tuymans.

Courtesy the artist, Photo by Mats Nordman

Urs Fischer

Tomorrow, by Urs Fischer, invokes a flood of tears.

Courtesy the artist and Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner, New York. Photo by Uwe Walter, Berlin

Neo Rauch

Chor, (Choir), by the German painter Neo Rauch, a central figure in the Leipzig School.