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February 28, 2012

Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2012

Visual Art and Exhibitions

February 28, 2012

Contact: Marian Skokan, 212-875-5386

[email protected]


LINCOLN CENTER’S VERA LIST ART PROJECT CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2012


American Artist Donald Baechler’s Limited-Edition Print Lincoln Center Globe, 2011

Released as First Commission of the Anniversary Year


Anniversary Prints by Lorna Simpson and Barbara Kruger, and an Exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center are Also Planned


One of the longest continuously publishing print programs in the United States, the Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. It 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 more than 125 major artists of the time to create works available for sale to the public.


The latest commission, by celebrated American artist Donald Baechler, launches the Project’s 50th Anniversary commemoration. Titled Lincoln Center Globe, 2011, the 47’ X 36’ print on Lanaquarelle paper, is composed of 40 colors/screens and is quintessential Donald Baechler: a crowd of faces collected and archived over the years make their appearance, layered behind an iconic globe image, one of the artist’s favorite themes for the past several years. Lincoln Center Globe, 2011 is available in a limited-edition of 72 prints.


Two additional commissions are planned for 2012: from the American artists Lorna Simpson and Barbara Kruger. In addition, to mark the 50th anniversary, a selection of prints from the Vera List Art Project will be featured in a free exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which will run from August 30 to October 27, 2012. Other anniversary events are planned and will be announced at a later date.


Donald Baechler’s print, and all of the prints from the Vera List Art Project are available for view on Lincoln Center’s website. Visit art.lincolncenter.org/ to view the complete collection and to purchase prints and posters. You may also view them by appointment, by emailing [email protected] or calling 212.875.5061.


“I always felt that if people’s sensibilities were awakened, they would seek to make the whole city a more amenable place in which to live.” That’s what the visionary arts patron Vera List said in a 1973 interview for the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. List, who was a painter and sculptor, believed that the ultimate way to awaken the senses was through visual art. And she made her vision a reality when, with her husband Albert, she gave seed money for an endowment to create and support visual art at the new arts complex that would become Lincoln Center. The couple also was responsible for some of Lincoln Center’s iconic public artworks, such as Henry Moore’s monumental two-piece sculpture in the reflecting pool on the Millstein Terrace. The first poster was commissioned in fall of 1962 from Ben Shahn to mark the opening of Philharmonic (now, Avery Fisher) Hall. Premium, limited-edition prints were introduced in 1970. Today, the Vera List Art Project is an unparalleled collection of more than 200 commissioned fine-art prints and posters by a range of artists representing many of the major movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, and Gerhard Richter. Limited-edition works from the Project have been acquired by notable corporations, private collectors, and museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Tate Modern. A selection of prints is on display in the main lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, as well as the lower-level art gallery space.


Remarking on the significance of the collection, Karen Davidson, Director of Visual Art, Lincoln Center explains, “With 127 artists and counting in the collection, 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. We’re proud to mark this important milestone with three important commissions and an exhibition for the 50th anniversary.”


About Donald Baechler

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1956, Donald Baechler is regarded as one of the important painters of his generation. “I’m an abstract painter before anything else. For me, it’s always been more about line, form, balance and the edge of the canvas—than it has been about subject matter or narrative or politics,” says Baechler in a 2008 article in Bombsite. Known in particular for his lively collaged works drawing on a vast archive of images he has accumulated, catalogued and archived over the years, he employs a range of methods and techniques—stamping, silk screen, drawing, painting, printing to create his works. Also known as a sculptor, Baechler began exhibiting internationally in the 1980s, following studies at Cooper Union and the Staedelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Baechler’s work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, MoMA, and the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris. He had recent solo shows in New York, Houston, and Stockholm. His work is currently on exhibit at the Fisher Landau Center for Art. Baechler is represented by the Cheim & Read Gallery in New York. Lincoln Center Globe is the artist’s second print for the Project; a previous one, in 1995, was commissioned for the 1995 Mostly Mozart Festival.


In a recent interview in Playbill magazine, Baechler described his interest in the traditional print-making process, describing, “The smelly old inks that are so amazing and vibrant,” and his admiration for the work of printer Alexander Heinrici. For a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lincoln Center Globe, 2011, watch this short video of the artist with Heinrici of Fine Art Printing, Ltd., on press. Heinrici, a renowned printmaker who collaborated with Jasper Johns and printed most of Andy Warhol’s work from the 1970s on, has worked on Donald Baechler’s projects for fifteen years. art.lincolncenter.org/index.php/vera-list-art-project-news-a-events. The video is also available on YouTube and Vimeo.


About Lorna Simpson and Barbara Kruger

Brooklyn-born photographer, painter, filmmaker, and conceptual artist Lorna Simpson was the subject of a 20-year retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2007. An exhibition of her conceptual photographic work, Gathered, was presented at the Brooklyn Museum in 2011. For Lincoln Center, she will create a new work on felt. For more information about the artist visit: lsimpsonstudio.com/. Barbara Kruger is a New Jersey-born conceptual artist and designer known for her work that uses found photographs layered with pity and cutting texts to explore issues of feminism, classicism, consumerism and individual autonomy and desire. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. For more background on the artist, go to: barbarakruger.com/


About Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 5,000 events performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its 10 other resident organizations. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.


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