- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Ben Stiller is getting some of the biggest names in contemporary art to help Haitian children affected by last year’s earthquake.

The actor and comedian announced Wednesday that he is partnering with New York art dealer David Zwirner on a benefit auction called “Artists for Haiti,” scheduled for Sept. 22 at Christie’s auction house.

Some of the artists who have already donated works include Chuck Close, Paul McCarthy, Jasper Johns, Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

“Over a year after the massive quake in Haiti, there remains a huge need to rebuild and help the country,” Stiller said in a statement. “David and I are working to help raise funds so that the children of Haiti have an opportunity to receive the education they need to lead a better life and fulfill the potential of this vibrant and important culture.”

Christie’s said the proceeds will support nonprofit organizations already working in Haiti, including Architecture for Humanity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Partners in Health and Grameen Creative Lab.

Zwirner’s gallery will preview the artworks prior to the sale, in early September.

The actor established the Stiller Foundation last year to help promote the education and well-being of Haitian children. It is currently rebuilding four earthquake-damaged schools in the Port-Au-Prince area. It also constructed permanent and temporary classroom structures after the January 2010 earthquake.

Stiller is currently appearing on Broadway in John Guare’s black comedy, “The House of Blue Leaves.”

He first announced the auction Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

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