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October 27, 2010

Lincoln Center's Very List Art Project Announces the Release of a New Work by American Artist Karen Kilimnik

Visual Art and Exhibitions

October 27, 2010

Press Contact:

Marian Skokan, 212-875-5386

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the electricity fairy, a Print Commissioned by the Project, Is Now Available for Purchase and Will Be Shown at Editions/Artists’ Books Fair November 4-7

An outstanding new print by American artist Karen Kilimnik is the latest release by Lincoln Center’s Vera List Art Project. Titled the electricity fairy, the archival pigment print with hand-applied painted glitter measures 22 X 16 inches and shows an ornately-decorated, Baroque room with a huge chandelier under which a ballerina floats in midair. It was commissioned by Lincoln Center and is being issued in a limited-edition of 36 prints.

Karen Kilimnik’s the electricity fairy will be shown and will be available for purchase at the Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, taking place November 4-7 at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City.

The Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project was established in 1962 by philanthropists Vera and Albert List. Aptly described as a history of the graphic arts in America, works in the List collection have a consistent record of appreciation. A print by Gerhard Richter issued in 2003 later sold at auction for double its price, and an early Andy Warhol from 1967 is now valued at thirty times its original price. Selections from the collection may be viewed in the east and west side of the Main Lobby of Avery Fisher Hall 64th Street and Broadway. Patrons are encouraged to visit during show times, or by appointment. Requests for appointments or information may be made by phone: 212-875-5061 or by email to [email protected] Visit to view the complete collection and to purchase prints and posters.

Born in Philadelphia, Karen Kilimnik became known for the deconstructed installations she created in the late 1980s/early ‘90s using collections of random objects to explore the intersection of popular culture, fantasy, and current events. With that work, she has come to be identified with a group of artists, mainly woman (Sylvie Fleury, Cady Nolan, Jessica Stockholder) working in “scatter art.” Often incorporating her own drawings into her diverse installations, she began to show drawings alone in the late '80s and turned to painting in the mid-'90s. Since then, she has worked concurrently on her multimedia practices, using any form she deems appropriate to convey her myriad ideas.

The first major career survey of Kilimnik’s work was at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art in 2007, a critically-received retrospective that was also on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Florida, The Aspen Art Museum, Colorado and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In 2010 she showed an intervention at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna and recently had a solo show at Galeria il Capriconio, Venice. Kilimnik was featured in the 2008 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. In 2007 Kilimnik had solo shows at Le Consortium in Dijon France and the Serpentine Gallery, London for which she created her first ballet titled, “sleeping beauty + friends” which was performed in London. In 2006, she exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in France and had her first monograph published by JPR Ringier.

Karen Kilimnik is represented by 303 Gallery, New York City.

Frieze Magazine, in an article about the an exhibition by the artist in the South London Gallery in 2000 which included works referencing ballet, captures some of the mood of the electricity fairy:

“Kilimnik comes on like a mysterious countess in a romantic novel, tantalising us with clues to her true identity, but always vanishing into the night when we believe we finally have her in our grasp....There is autobiography in Kilimnik’s art, but whether it is hers or a fictional character’s is anyone’s guess.....Her stress on the obscure and the outmoded is in itself a confession of secrets. Kilimnik’s affinity for ballet, painting and dolls coming to life under the Christmas tree suggests a hinterland, a secret space of memory...”

One of the longest continuously publishing print programs in the country, the Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project was established in 1962 by philanthropists Vera and Albert List as a way to both support the visual arts and raise funds for Lincoln Center. Since the inception of the program, Lincoln Center has commissioned major artists of the time to create works available for sale to the public. Among the artists represented are Roy Lichtenstein, Wolf Kahn, Julian Schnabel, Jennifer Bartlett, and Chuck Close. Selections from the Vera List catalogue have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, and are included in the Library of Congress and in notable public and private collections. Almost 50 years and 125 artists later, the Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project remains at the forefront of art trends, commissioning fresh, original works by a who’s who of the contemporary art world.

About Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts complex, representing the highest standards of excellence in opera, symphonic and chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education. Its 12 resident organizations—The Chamber Music Society, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and School of American Ballet—welcome 5 million visitors each year. After five decades of artistic excellence and service to its community, the nation and the world, Lincoln Center is nearing completion on a major transformation initiative to fully modernize its concert halls and public spaces, renew its 16.3-acre campus, and reinforce its vitality for decades to come.

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