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Keith Haring Foundation gives $1-million grant to Whitney Museum

October 29, 2012|By David Ng
  • The Keith Haring Foundation has awarded a $1-million grant to the Whitney Museum in New York. The late artist is shown in front of the Berlin Wall in 1986.
The Keith Haring Foundation has awarded a $1-million grant to the Whitney… (Elke Bruhn-Hoffmann / Associated…)

The foundation of the late artist Keith Haring has awarded a $1-million grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art to help fund exhibitions at the museum's planned space in downtown New York.

The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano in New York's fashionable meatpacking district, is scheduled to open in 2015. It will feature space for temporary exhibitions and gallery area for the museum's permanent collection. The building will also feature a retail shop, restaurant and cafe.

Haring had a fruitful association with the Whitney. The young pop/street artist had his work shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1983. A major retrospective of Haring's work was shown in 1997, seven years after the artist died at age 31.

Haring's foundation, which the artist created in 1989, has awarded grants to a number of organizations, including arts organizations, education and AIDS research and patient care. 

[Updated: a previous version of this post incorrectly described the Whitney's new space as a satellite location. The Whitney said it will be the museum's new home.]

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