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April 15, 2009

Art at Lincoln Center: The Public Art and List Print and Poster Collections

Visual Art and Exhibitions

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ART AT LINCOLN CENTER: THE PUBLIC ART AND LIST PRINT AND POSTER COLLECTIONS


The Newest Release From Wiley/Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Imprint is A Special Lincoln Center 50th Anniversary Publication


Millions of arts lovers visit Lincoln Center’s 16.3 acre campus each year. On their way to the thousands of opera, dance, music, and theater performances and events annually at the world’s leading performing arts center, they also view an extraordinary public collection of modern and contemporary art on its outdoor plazas, within its lobbies, along its hallways, and on display in its galleries.


Art at Lincoln Center by author Charles A. Riley II, the fifth installment in the LCPA/Wiley series of books, takes readers on a comprehensive tour of Lincoln Center’s acclaimed visual arts collections. A special 50th Anniversary publication celebrating Lincoln Center’s 1959 groundbreaking, the book serves as a fascinating look at the 1960s art world of Lincoln Center’s beginnings. At that time, the institution’s Art and Acquisitions Committee was charged with acquiring art that would complement the spectacular architectural achievement and performances to come. Art at Lincoln Center brings to light the remarkable vision of committee members such as Vera List, founder of the distinguished List Print Collection, architect Philip Johnson, and Museum of Modern Art director Alfred Barr. The careers of many of the avant-garde artists they selected for the new cultural complex were advanced after catching the spotlight of a Lincoln Center commission, and several became masters of Modern art in later years. For instance, few outside the downtown art scene had heard of Jasper Johns or Lee Bontecou before their works debuted at Lincoln Center.


Art at Lincoln Center, a beautifully produced full-color volume complete with 250 photographs, offers a complete survey of the 20th century masterpieces in the two world-renowned collections on Lincoln Center’s campus: public art—which includes Marc Chagall’s soaring paintings in the Metropolitan Opera as well as sculpture by Henry Moore and August Rodin—and the entire List Poster and Print Collection, with its more than 200 works commissioned from artists ranging from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to Chuck Close and Jim Dine.


Art at Lincoln Center also offers anecdotal features on the artists in the collections and a history of the architects, collectors, and benefactors who made the visual arts such a vibrant part of Lincoln Center. The book is an essential addition to every art-lovers collection.


Art at Lincoln Center: The Public Art and List Print and Poster Collections (Wiley, April, 2009, ISBN: 9780470284940; $75 / hardcover, is available for purchase wherever books are sold.)


About the Author

Charles A. Riley II (New York, NY), a professor of English at Baruch College at the City University of New York, is the author of The Art of Peter Max, The Saints of Modern Art, and The Jazz Age in France. He has appeared as a featured television guest on the CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox News networks


The Wiley/Lincoln Center Publishing Alliance

Launched in 2006, John Wiley & Sons and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., under a joint imprint, publish books that draw on Lincoln Center’s archives, performing artists, global presentations, and Lincoln Center Institute’s educational expertise. The range of works is targeted to general interest consumers and their families. To date, books in the series include the historical chronicle Lincoln Center, A Promise Realized; New York City Ballet dancer Kyle Froman’s inside look at the world of the ballet, In the Wings; celebrated operatic bass Hao Jiang Tian’s memoir Along the Roaring River: My Journey from Mao to the Met; and All You Have to do is Listen, a book from conductor/composer and creator of the “What Makes it Great?” series of programs, Rob Kapilow. Scheduled for a July 2009 release date to coincide with this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival is The Mostly Mozart Guide to Mozart, by music writer Carl Vigeland.


About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of more than 400 events annually, LCPA’s programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Live From Lincoln Center. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.


About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace. Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.



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