Vera List Anniversary Print Portfolio

In celebration of the legacy of Vera G. List, The New School, MIT and Lincoln Center have partnered with Artspace and six exceptional artists to publish the Vera List Anniversary Print Portfolio. Dan Graham, Sarah Morris, Matt Mullican, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Fred Tomaselli, and Fred Wilson have created new works of art for this limited edition print portfolio.

Vera List (1908-2002), spirited individualist and enlightened supporter of many of the most significant artists of the late 20th century, was also a devoted philanthropist. It was the generosity of Vera and her husband Albert that enabled the founding of the Vera List Art Project at Lincoln Center in 1962, MIT's List Visual Arts Center in 1985, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in 1992. A deep conviction that art and learning are one informed List philanthropy over five decades, and established art programs at a number of other educational institutions, among them Swarthmore, Brown, and Hamilton College.

Championed as a medium for reaching wide audiences, prints represent Vera List's commitment to bringing art into the lives of everyone. We're grateful to the artists who donated the work and share that conviction. Available online only, each work is sold individually in editions of 108, or as a complete set of 6. Sales from each benefit the three distinguished institutions. Purchase here at Artspace.

Guided by an interest in participatory art, Paul Ramírez Jonas creates works that explore the notion of the unspoken contract between audience and artwork. In this exquisite print, the political act of naming is gently confounded: HELLO. MY NAME IS signals entrance to a public forum and agreement to join a community. Yet the sticker here is an optical illusion, the shirt offers no cover, the photograph is printed on the reproduction of a sheet of yet more stickers. Layer upon layer of public pronouncements build this androgynous persona, who is tangible foremost in her commitment to participate.

The print grows out of Paul Ramírez Jonas' interest in public monuments on the one hand, and the creation of political, constitutive bodies on the other. It complements the artist's intervention in the Vera List Center's archives: Hello I Am Hello I Was is a participatory project commissioned by the VLC and occurring at each public event during the anniversary year 2012-2013.

Ramírez Jonas' works have been exhibited at the Sao Paolo Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, and the Venice Biennale, as well as at numerous institutions, including the New Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

This jubilant sea of colors is inspired by Fred Wilson's project E Pluribus Unum ("out of many one"), developed for Indianapolis in 2011. For the Vera List Anniversary Portfolio, the artist focused on countries in the Caribbean and combined elements of the flags of those that have embraced their African heritage, and whose flags feature neither the color range nor the symbolism of their former colonial powers. The exuberant spirit of such criteria is born out in Wilson's subtle treatment of color, where distinct individual tones are adjusted to meet and match others, for the benefit of a united, shared palette.

Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist of African-American and Caribbean descent–his grandparents lived on St. Vincent–whose installations reveal the racism and gender politics inherent in any act of history writing. The artist attained immediate international acclaim for his exhibition Mining the Museum in the early 1990s, in which he placed a whipping post from pre-Civil War America in a gallery and surrounded it with four ornate chairs, all from the permanent collection of the Maryland Historical Society. Wilson has represented the United States at the Cairo Biennial and the Venice Biennale. The recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, Wilson is a trustee at the Whitney Museum and SculptureCenter.

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