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November 25, 2008

Lincoln Center's List Art Poster & Print Program Announces Yearlong Series of Special Commissions for Lincoln Center's 50th Anniversary

Visual Art and Exhibitions

November 25, 2008

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Joy Chutz

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Seven New Works Added, Including Those by Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Serra, and Vija Celmins

Lincoln Center will kick off its 50th Anniversary season in May 2009, commemorating the original 1959 groundbreaking of the world’s leading performing arts center. To salute the yearlong celebration, Lincoln Center’s acclaimed List Art Collection today announced a special series of 50th Anniversary commissions from seven highly distinguished artists.

“The 50th Anniversary releases represent an engaging look at the art of our time,” said Thomas Lollar, Director of Lincoln Center’s Visual Arts. “I’m delighted that the List Collection will join in Lincoln Center’s Anniversary tribute with the addition of these outstanding new works.”

50th Anniversary artists (with approximate release dates) include:

  • Vija Celmins A new Spider Web screen print from this master printmaker and draftsman, her second for the collection (June 2009)
  • Helen Frankenthaler A new screen print titled Aerie captures the lyrical spontaneity of her Abstract Expressionist subject, and marks the seventh work commissioned by the List program from this noted American contemporary artist (May 2009)
  • Guillermo Kuitca From the Argentinean artist whose paintings and prints are inspired by seating arrangements in theater interiors, a print celebrating the re-opening of Alice Tully Hall and a Lincoln Center 50th Anniversary triptych (May 2009)
  • Malcolm Morley A new work from the celebrated, London-born Neo-Expressionist (late 2009)
  • Jill Moser An abstract painting from an award-winning, emerging talent (mid to late 2009)
  • Richard Serra A work on paper closely related to this leading artist’s sculpture ideas (late 2009)
  • Terry Winters A new work from the painter and master printmaker (Jan 2010)

  • Aptly described as a history of the graphic arts in America, the List Collection currently holds more than 200 works, and the stature of its participating artists has given pieces in the catalogue a consistent record of appreciation for collectors. Recent works added to the collection include those by Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Jim Dine, Jay Kelly, Melissa Meyer, Donald Sultan, and sculptor Jane Manus.

    About the Lincoln Center/List Poster & Print Program

    Lincoln Center’s List Poster & Print Program was established in 1962 by Albert and Vera List not only to make contemporary art available to the public, but also to ensure that the artwork created for Lincoln Center is of the highest quality. The collection consists of high-grade prints created by prominent artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Wolf Kahn, Julian Schnabel, and Jennifer Bartlett, among many others. The works commemorate Lincoln Center presentations such as Great Performers and Mostly Mozart, and special events such as the opening of the Metropolitan Opera.

    The print series of each work is signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. Each print is a serigraph, with each color coming from an individual screen. This method combines hand-drawn and mechanical techniques, and is closely supervised by the artist during the process. At the end of each limited run (approximately 108 prints), all screens are destroyed, which prevents duplication and increases the value of the works.


    Selections from the List Collection have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, and are included in the Library of Congress as well as in notable public and private collections. List prints have been part of Art Basel Miami Beach every year since 2003, and On Paper: Lincoln Center/List Art Collection is currently on exhibit at the corporate headquarters of Credit Suisse in Manhattan. Upcoming shows are scheduled at the residence of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, FLA, a site included in the National Register of Historic Places (January/February 09); the Somerhill Gallery in Durham, NC (January 09); the Karen Lynne Gallery in Boca Raton, FLA (March/April 2009); and the Hamilton-Selway Gallery in Los Angeles, CA (May 09).

    The Lincoln Center/List Poster & Print Program is non-profit, with general sales proceeds going toward the support of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and the Program itself. For List Program and dealer inquiries, call Matthew Rankin, Manager of Gallery Exhibitions, at (212) 875-5017. For further information about the List Art Collection and to view the online gallery, visit the website at


    Lincoln Center gratefully acknowledges the leadership support provided by the following individuals, foundations and corporations, making possible the special programs of the 50th Anniversary.

    The Bank of New York Mellon

    International Flavors & Fragrances

    J.P. Morgan



    Norma W. Hess

    Ruth W. Houghton

    June Noble Larkin

    William F. May

    The Charles H. Revson Foundation

    Mrs. Frederick P. Rose

    Roberta and Irwin Schneiderman

    Edith L. and Martin E. Segal

    Elaine and Stephen Stamas

    The Alice Tully Foundation

    Ziff Family

    Two Anonymous

    Lincoln Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the following corporations as members of Lincoln Center’s 50th Corporate Council

    Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.

    Arrow Electronics

    The Bank of New York Mellon


    Corning Incorporated Foundation

    Daiwa Securities America, Inc.

    First American Title Insurance Company of

    New York

    The Hearst Corporation

    Interpublic Group

    J.P. Morgan Chase

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

    GIII Apparel Group, Ltd.

    The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.


    Lehman Brothers

    The Marc Haas Foundation


    The New York Times Company

    Paul Stuart, Inc.

    Pfizer Inc

    Sony Corporation of America

    Warburg Pincus

    Wien & Malkin LLC


    Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation

    Service Directions Inc.

    Transammonia, Inc.

    The McMullan Family Fund

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