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Woodhull Hospital

1986
New York City, United States

Even if its not so typical to see masterpieces of contemporary art around hospitals, the thing that is common and typical are the artists’ problems with health care. Back in the 1980s, hospitals actually had funds reserved for art, and often gave artists healthcare in exchange for treatment. A similar story is hidden behind the 1986 wall piece by Keith Haring, located in Woodhull Hospital, New York. The colorful, 700-foot long mural emerged from the collaboration between the artist and the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. Still existing, the mural brights patients’ days ever since.

Keith Haring - Woodhull Hospital (detail) - New York, 1986
Keith Haring – Woodhull Hospital (detail)