A little over a year ago today, the New York Philharmonic premiered rock guitarist Bryce Dessner’s piece for electric guitar and orchestra Wires. Sandwiched between well-known works, Tchaikovsky’s familiar Romeo and Juliet and Sibelius’ moving 1st symphony, Dessner’s already experimental piece came off as shockingly different than its program mates: sparse, full of tension, but in a very modern way, as the music led to no crescendo, no closure, but ended abruptly on a cliff.
Support for unusual yet stimulating programming like this at Lincoln Center comes from the generous patrons and initiatives it has in motion—without them, it would have little chance of continued success. One of these initiatives focused on the visual arts at Lincoln Center and partnered with many of the best contemporary artists to create limited edition prints exclusive to Lincoln Center. Artists like Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Kruger, and Andy Warhol participated in the project’s initiation, with contemporary artists like the late John Baldessari, Angel Otero, Robin Rhode, Carlos Rolón/Dzine and Lorna Simpson providing more recent prints in the collection. Over the years, DeChant Art has purchased many of these limited edition works to support the innovative programming at Lincoln Center. Please enjoy browsing the available works by artists like Joseph Raffael, Ben Schonzeit, Steve Sorman, Joel Shapiro, Don Nice (pictured above), and more on our website.