March 10, 2008
Contact: Joy Chutz
LINCOLN CENTER’S LIST ART PROGRAM PRESENTS
KLAUS LUCKA: PORTRAITS OF THE ARTIST’S MIND
AN EXHIBIT IN THE FURMAN GALLERY AT THE WALTER READE THEATER
MAY 6 – 31, 2008
The Lincoln Center List Art program will present Klaus Lucka: Portraits of the Artist’s Mind, a special exhibition by the award-winning photographer Klaus Lucka. The show features nearly 30 images created exclusively for this project over the past 18 months. These include portraits of artists who frequently work at Lincoln Center, such as Louis Langrée, the Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director of Mostly Mozart, playwright Tom Stoppard, choreographer Mark Morris, director Peter Sellars, video artist Bill Viola, puppeteer Basil Twist, and director Robert Wilson, among many others. Most of the prints will be offered for sale.
For this exhibition, Lucka worked with a Noblex camera—a special panorama camera with a sweeping lens—that enables him to produce a “layered panoramas” effect. What appears to be a single photo may actually be comprised of up to 15 images chosen from as many as 30 rolls of film. “In this way,” says Lucka, “I can produce an in-depth portrayal of the artist.”
The exhibition will take place at the Roy and Frieda Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St., from May 6 – 31. Admission is free and open to the public daily from 1:30- 6 PM.
Klaus Lucka’s career began in his native Germany, where at age 16, the Parisian couture house Nina Ricci asked him to photograph Marlene Dietrich for their fragrance. Four years later he set off for North America, and began to establish a world-class career in beauty, fashion, and advertising photography that earned him such clients as Estee Lauder, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Toyota; as well as magazine assignments from Harper’s Bazaar, Interview Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Italian Vogue. A move into television directing led to award-winning spots for Canon and Timex in New York, and prestigious international campaigns as well. The list of celebrities he has photographed or directed for editorial, print, and TV has grown to feature the likes of Jack Nicholson, Charlton Heston, Lauren Bacall, Arnold Palmer, Mohammed Ali, Sting, Ann-Margaret, and Margaret Mead, to name but a few. In all, Klaus Lucka’s work has won more than 100 industry awards for excellence in the U.S. and abroad.
An artist of meticulous engineering, Lucka often customizes his own cameras to achieve a desired effect. As an extension of his film work and storytelling abilities, he is now focusing his efforts on photography as an art form.
The Lincoln Center List Art 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 posters and 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 List catalogue has been aptly described as a history of the graphic arts in America, and includes more than 200 works by artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Wolf Kahn, Julian Schnabel, and Chuck Close. Part of Art Basel/Miami since 2003; the next List exhibition, On Paper: Lincoln Center’s List Art Collection, will be on view at The UBS Gallery in midtown Manhattan from May 1 – July 25, and covers the complete 45-year history of the distinguished catalogue
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 and to view the online gallery, visit the website at www.lincolncenter.org/printsposters.
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