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Selected Works from the LINC Collection

Monday, October 06, 1997–Saturday, November 01, 1997

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Artists: John Currie, Jeanne Dunning, Seiichi Furuya, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Barbara Kruger, Tracey Moffatt, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Richard Prince, Lorna Simpson, Thomas Struth, Tony Tasset, and Joel-Peter Witkin

Selected Works from the LINC Collection comprises the second in a series of exhibitions dedicated to corporate and private collecting. This show features a collection of international contemporary art along with a state-of-the-art interactive educational multimedia program. The LINC Group is a Chicago-based healthcare financial services company, founded by collector and CEO Martin Zimmerman, who initiated the company ’s collection of more than 400 international contemporary artworks in 1980. Built from a core group of architectural drawings that reflect a passion for excellence in architecture and the built environment, the collection grew to focus on contemporary conceptual art and the works of artists who examine not only architecture but also other fundamental structures that affect our lives, including our bodies, our language, and our society. Within the LINC Group, the collection works to keep new, creative thinking front and center within the organization. It prompts employees and visitors alike to examine their physical and social environments, their approaches to work and living, and their ever-changing relationships with others. Educational projects, including an interactive multimedia program designed by Y-CORE, encourage dialogue between artists, employees, customers, and the larger community, enhancing the benefits of art in the workplace. The interactive program features hundreds of works by artists in the collection, along with video interviews with artists, and other materials relevant to the collection. The collection and programs at the LINC Group are curated and directed by Nathan Leo Braulick and Lynne Sowder of Y-CORE.

In the United States and Europe, many artists have worked against the separation between art and life, merging aesthetic goals with social awareness in their work. Focusing on this conceptual vein, works in the LINC collection explore a range of issues including identity, gender, sexuality, class, race, culture, community, and history, with the expectation that the art will in turn intrigue and educate the audiences who view and experience it. LINC’s patronage of business and culture is poised between the individual and the corporation, appealing to responses that are both personal and public. By supporting the work of established and emerging artists as well as those who are dedicated to the analysis of the establishment, the collection provides an unexpected showcase for art that stimulates the intellect at the same time that it excites and delights the eye. This exhibition is intended to illustrate some of the significant contributions of these artists, in a collection that constitutes a growing resource for our appreciation and understanding of the vitality of contemporary art.

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Postcard: Selected Works from the LINC Collection – Opening Reception, Lecture by the Curators

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

John Currie

Untitled (cartoons), date unknown

Jeanne Dunning

Untitled, 1988
Nine C-prints, each 15 x 12 in.

Nan Goldin

C putting on her make-up at The Second Trip, Bangkok, 1992
Cibachrome print, 30 x 40 in.

Jimmy Paulette on David’s bike, NYC, 1991
Cibachrome print, 20 x 24 in.

Barbara Kruger

Untitled (You have searched and destroyed), 1982
Unique photograph, 40 x 49 in.

Tracey Moffatt

Birth Certificate, 1962, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Charm Alone, 1965, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Doll Birth, 1972, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Doll Birth, 1972, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Heart Attack, 1970, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Job Hunt, 1976, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Mother’s Day, 1975, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Telecam Guys, 1977, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

The Wizard of Oz, 1956, from the series Scarred for Life, 1994
Offset print, 31 x 23 1/2 in.

Yasumasa Morimura

Self-Portrait (Actress) / After Brigitte Bardot 2, 1996
Ilfochrome print on acrylic sheet, 47 1/4 x 37 3/8 in.

Catherine Opie

Yurie Nakashima, from the series Portraits, 1995
C-print, 60 in. x 30 in.

Richard Prince

Untitled (Cowboy), 1994
Ektacolor print, 60 x 40 in.

Lorna Simpson

She, 1992
Color Polaroids and plastic plaque, 29 x 85 1/2 in.

Thomas Struth

Kunsthistorisches Museum 1, Wien, 1989
C-print, 70 3/4 x 92 1/2 in.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Selected Works from the LINC Collection is made possible by the School of Art and Design, the College of Architecture and the Arts, and supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Our gratitude and appreciation go to Martin Zimmerman, whose commitment to contemporary art and exceptional corporate collection have made this exhibition possible, and to Nathan Leo Braulick and Lynne Sowder for their assistance with the development and preparation of this exhibition.

CURATORS BIOGRAPHIES

Nathan Leo Head ShotNathan Leo Braulick works as a partner in the cultural advisory Y-CORE LLP. He also served on the boards of the Minnesota AIDS Project and ArtPaper, and was a volunteer for ACT UP Minnesota. Braulick directed communications for the visual arts program at First Bank System as well. Braulick was born and raised in rural Minnesota and earned a BA in American studies from Hamline University.

Lynne Sowder Head ShotLynne Sowder has been a partner with Nathan Leo Braulick in Y-CORE since 1990. She was president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors (1987–90), director of Visual Arts at First Bank System (1980–90), and a principal of Sowder and Associates (1980–85). Lynne has been a guest curator for multiple projects internationally and her practice has been published and discussed in numerous books and periodicals.

SELECTED WORKS FROM THE LINC GROUP COLLECTION

Welcome to this special exhibition of works from the LINC Group’s collection of contemporary art. We want to thank Gallery 400 for arranging this exhibition, and for providing a forum for us to share these works with a larger audience.

Each of the works in this exhibition has made an important contribution to life at LINC, provoking strong reactions from employees and visitors, and acting as a catalyst for valuable discussions about important issues among us. We hope you find the works here as stimulating as we do at the LINC Group. The art collection installed at our Chicago headquarters is a vital asset to the company. It works to keep new, creative thinking front and center in the organization. The collection prompts us to examine our physical and social environment, our approaches to work and living, and our ever-changing relationships with others. Our educational projects, including the interactive multimedia program, encourage dialogue between artists, employees, customers, and the larger community, enhancing the benefits of art in the workplace.

The present collection of more than 400 works began in 1980 with a core group of architectural drawings that reflect a passion for excellence in architecture and the built environment. In 1990 we began expanding on this core by acquiring works by contemporary artists who examine not only architecture but also other fundamental structures that affect our lives, including our bodies, our language, and our society. Implicit in these works are critical explorations of a range of relevant issues including identity, gender, sexuality, class, race, culture, community, and history. As the pace of change accelerates, the art collection will continue to help us to bridge to the world of new ideas. In doing so, it ensures the LINC Group’s continued innovation and success as a business and as a community of unique individuals. We hope you enjoy the exhibition and look forward to your comments.

Martin Zimmerman
Chairman
The LINC Group, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE

Curated by Nathan Leo Braulick and Lynne Sowder
Selected Works from the LINC Collection

Gallery 400
Chicago, IL
October 6–November 1, 1997

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 8, 1997, 4–7pm
Curator Lecture: Tuesday, October 14, 1997, 5pm

Selected Works from the LINC Collection is the second in a series of exhibitions dedicated to corporate and private collecting. This exhibition features a collection of international contemporary art along with a state-of-the-art interactive educational multimedia program. The LINC Group is a Chicago-based healthcare financial services company founded by collector and CEO Martin Zimmerman. The present collection of more than 400 works began in 1980. The collection and programs at the LINC Group are curated and directed by Nathan Leo Braulick Lynne Sowder of Y-Core.

In the United States and Europe, many artists have worked against the separation between art and life, merging aesthetic goals with social awareness in their work. And it is this kind of challenging, conceptual work that is included in the LINC Group Collection, with the expectation that the art will in turn intrigue and educate the audiences who view and experience it. LINC’s patronage of business and culture is poised between the individual and the corporation, appealing to responses that are both personal and public. By supporting the work of established and emerging artists as well as those who are dedicated to the analysis of the establishment, the collection provides an unexpected showcase for art that stimulates the intellect at the same time that it excites and delights the eye. This exhibition is intended to illustrate some of the significant contributions of these artists in a collection that constitutes a growing resource for our appreciation and understanding of the vitality of contemporary art.

The show contains work by John Currie, Jeanne Dunning, Seiichi Furuya, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Barbara Kruger, Tracey Moffatt, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Richard Prince, Lorna Simpson, Thomas Struth, Tony Tasset, and Joel-Peter Witkin.