[Exclusive] See Richard Serra's Poster for the 55th New York Film Festival

For this year's poster, the artist photographed the interior of an 80' tower sculpture in Qatar.
June 22, 2017, 7:14pm

For decades, the New York Film Festival has premiered some of the year's most exciting and promising new films. Every year the Film Society of Lincoln Center commissions an artist to design a poster that's meant to encapsulate the essence of the featured films and participating filmmakers. This year is no exception: for the 55th New York Film Festival. the Film Society tapped renowned sculptor, filmmaker, and video artist Richard Serra to produce the poster.


The poster features a stark architectural image that Serra says effectively reflects and references the camera eye. He explains, "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."

Richard Serra, 2017

With this latest commission, Serra joins a revered list of artist called on to make NYFF posters including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman. New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones writes, "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." Check out some posters from previous years below:

Cindy Sherman, 2012

John Baldessari, 2010

Laurie Anderson, 2015

Lorna Simpson, 2011

Tacita Dean, 2013

Laurie Simmons, 2014

This year the New York Film Festival runs September 28 through October 15 in NYC. For more information about the festival, click here.


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