Dinner with the Harings
Brooklyn, New York
The Rubells have become well known for their low-key, family-style entertaining of artists at their Miami home, but before Miami and before their collection required a Collection it was the Rubell dining table in Brooklyn that acted as an accidental artist’s salon.
“I remember the night of Keith Haring’s first show,” explains Mera Rubell. “It was this crazy event but he just asked Don and I if we could invite him and his parents for dinner – we were like, sure, but what about the party and all the people? Don’t you have better things to do on your opening night?”
Haring’s stock had risen considerably since the Rubells had bought his first figurative and Pop-inspired works (the Rubells were his first buyers).
“Keith said no way, he just wanted to come for dinner. His parents never believed he could be an artist and he remembered that we had one of his first pieces hanging in our dining room – he knew that for his parents to see one of his paintings hanging in a domestic set-up would convince them he made proper art,” says Mera.
“We were sort of normal people that loved his work, and that made it OK.” Mera made the same spaghetti with tomato sauce for the Harings. It’s kind of stuck.