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April 23, 2007

Lincoln Center's List Art Collection Announces the Release of a New Work by Chuck Close

Visual Art and Exhibitions

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Self Portrait, Commissioned by the List Art Program, Will be Available for Purchase at The Gallery at Lincoln Center in July, 2007

Lincoln Center’s List Art collection has announced the release of an outstanding new work by the acclaimed American artist Chuck Close. Titled Self Portrait, the original screen print has been created especially for Lincoln Center—with gratitude to Chuck Close and Pace Editions—and is based on an earlier woodcut. This new Lincoln Center commission offers the public a rare opportunity to purchase one of the artist’s signature works, which are generally in short supply. The Self Portrait serigraph will be issued in a limited edition of 118 signed and numbered prints, and in a poster version of 300 with a legend dedicating the work to the List Art Program.

Aptly described as a history of the graphic arts in America, the stature of the List collection’s participating artists has given works in the catalogue a consistent record of appreciation. A 40th Anniversary print by Gerhard Richter issued in 2003 for $4,000 later sold at auction for double its price, and an early Andy Warhol poster released at $30 is now valued at more than $1,000. The List collection may be viewed at its home in The Gallery at Lincoln Center, located on the concourse level of the Metropolitan Opera House next to the Performing Arts Gift Shop, or by visiting

American artist Chuck Close has been a leading figure in the contemporary art world since the early 1970s. Master painter, photographer, and printmaker, he is best known for monumental portraits that are based on photographs. Many of his subjects are chosen from friends and family, and have also included such artists as Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg. Called a Photo-Realist, a Minimalist, and an Abstract Expressionist, his unique vision defies categorization. Most of his work uses a grid as the underlying format for the representation of images that he paints with thousands of tiny airbrush bursts, thumbprints, or looping multi-colored brushstrokes.

A 1964 graduate of Yale University, Close studied in Vienna on a Fulbright grant, later working as an art teacher at the University of Massachusetts when he returned to the U.S. His work was included in the Whitney Biennial in 1969, and was first exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in 1973. His works have subsequently been shown in distinguished museums around the world, including a 2005 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a major retrospective of his portraits at MoMa in 1998. Chuck Close’s works are published by Pace Editions.

The Gallery at Lincoln Center is the home of the List collection, located on the concourse level of the Metropolitan Opera House next to the Performing Arts Gift Shop. The Gallery offers a selection of exceptional contemporary graphics and sculpture available for purchase from the many renowned artists who have contributed to the List catalogue. The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; admission is free. For inquiries and directions, call The Gallery at (212) 875-5017.

The Lincoln Center/List 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 leading artists to commemorate Lincoln Center presentations such as Great Performers and Mostly Mozart, and special events such as the opening of the Metropolitan Opera. The Chuck Close work is dedicated to the List Art Program itself.

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.

The List catalogue includes works by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Wolf Kahn, Julian Schnabel, and Jennifer Bartlett, among many others. Selections from the List catalogue have been exhibited through the U.S. and Europe, and are included in the Library of Congress and in notable public and private collections. Works added to the collection in 2006-07 include those by Jay Kelly, Mike Cloud, and sculptor Jane Manus. A new piece by Helen Frankenthaler—her eighth for the List collection—is scheduled for release later this year. Since 2003, List prints have been part of Art Basel/Miami; upcoming exhibitions are scheduled at Art Chicago in May 07, and at the Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe and the Larson Gallery in Scottsdale in August and September.

The Lincoln Center/List 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 Visual Art Director Thomas Lollar at (212) 875-5018. For further information about the List Art collection and to view the online gallery, visit the website at

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