FSLC Unveils NYFF55 Poster


The Film Society of Lincoln Center unveiled today the poster for the 55th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 15), designed by sculptor, filmmaker, and video artist Richard Serra. NYFF posters are a yearly artistic signature of the film festival, and Serra joins a stellar lineup of artists whose work has been commissioned for the festival, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, and last year’s artist, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. A link to download the new poster design, alongside the complete list of NYFF poster artists to date, can be found below.

“Richard Serra’s work has never stopped growing in my mind and memory,” said New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones. “During every one of my many visits to MoMA’s 2007 retrospective and to the permanent installations in Dia:Beacon, alone or with loved ones, I could feel everyone’s sense of the possible opening a couple of clicks wider. I was excited that he agreed to design this year’s NYFF poster, but when I saw the design I was taken aback—so wondrously elemental, and in such absolute harmony with the art of cinema.”

Serra says his design for this year’s poster effectively reflects and references the camera eye, explaining, “The image I selected for the poster is the interior of an 80’ tower sculpture in Qatar which functions as an aperture and seemed to me to make sense.”

One of the preeminent artists of the 20th century, Richard Serra has long been acclaimed for his challenging and innovative work, which emphasizes materiality and a unique engagement with the viewer. His most well-known works are large-scale steel sculptures, placed creatively in space to invite a dynamic, interactive experience. Serra has been a consistent participant in documenta, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Annual and Biennial over the last 30+ years. He has had solo exhibitions across the globe, in cities including Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Doha, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Madrid, and Naples. In 2005, eight large-scale works by Serra were installed permanently at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and in 2007 The Museum of Modern Art, New York presented a major retrospective of the artist’s work.

Serra has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, including a Fulbright Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; The Carnegie Prize; Praemium Imperiale, Japan Arts Association; Leone d’Oro; Premios Principas de Asturias and Chevelier of the French Legion of Honor; among others. An overview of the artist’s work in film and video will be on view at the Kunstmuseum Basel from May to October 2017; and the artist’s recent drawings will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam from June to September 2017.

These limited-edition posters will be available for purchase in September. Check back on filmlinc.org/NYFF.

The complete list of NYFF poster artists:

  • Larry Rivers, 1963
  • Saul Bass, 1964
  • Bruce Conner, 1965
  • Roy Lichtenstein, 1966
  • Andy Warhol, 1967
  • Henry Pearson, 1968
  • Marisol (Escobar), 1969
  • James Rosenquist, 1970
  • Frank Stella, 1971
  • Josef Albers, 1972
  • Niki de Saint Phalle, 1973
  • Jean Tinguely, 1974
  • Carol Summers, 1975
  • Allan D’Arcangelo, 1976
  • Jim Dine, 1977
  • Richard Avedon, 1978
  • Michelangelo Pistoletto, 1979
  • Les Levine, 1980
  • David Hockney, 1981
  • Robert Rauschenberg, 1982
  • Jack Youngerman, 1983
  • Robert Breer, 1984
  • Tom Wesselmann, 1985
  • Elinor Bunin, 1986
  • Sol Lewitt, 1987
  • Milton Glaser, 1988
  • Jennifer Bartlett, 1989
  • Eric Fischl, 1990
  • Philip Pearlstein, 1991
  • William Wegman, 1992
  • Sheila Metzner, 1993
  • William Copley, 1994
  • Diane Arbus, 1995
  • Juan Gatti, 1996
  • Larry Rivers, 1997
  • Martin Scorsese, 1998
  • Ivan Chermayeff, 1999
  • Tamar Hirschl, 2000
  • Manny Farber, 2001
  • Julian Schnabel, 2002
  • Junichi Taki, 2003
  • Jeff Bridges, 2004
  • Maurice Pialat, 2005
  • Mary Ellen Mark, 2006
  • agnès b., 2007
  • Robert Cottingham, 2008
  • Gregory Crewdson, 2009
  • John Baldessari, 2010
  • Lorna Simpson, 2011
  • Cindy Sherman, 2012
  • Tacita Dean, 2013
  • Laurie Simmons, 2014
  • Laurie Anderson, 2015
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2016