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October 21, 2010

Blue Iceberg launches LincolnKirstein.org, an online catalogue of published writings of Lincoln Kirstein

Blue Iceberg and The Eakins Press Foundation, in collaboration with Ballet Society, Inc., announce the online publication of the complete catalogue of the published writings of Lincoln Kirstein: A fully searchable database-driven interactive site representing the vast literary output an key life events of one of America's greatest cultural figures.

NEW YORK CITY - Blue Iceberg announces the launch of www.lincolnkirstein.org, a dedicated website that will serve as the main source for learning about Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996) and the massive contribution he made to American culture.

The website, free and open to the public, will function as the primary internet portal for scholarship and interest in the life and accomplishments of Lincoln Kirstein. It was conceived and built with the capacity to continually evolve and expand with changing technologies, so that, for instance, when full books become "readable" on line, much or all of Kirstein's writing can actually be read through this source.

Reflecting the breadth of Lincoln Kirstein's interests, as well as the diverse circle of colleagues and friends, a visitor reader will find an unmatched record of American cultural history - which will inform future generations in perpetuity - set forth through the prism of one of the great minds of the 20th century. The website is designed with several sections in addition to the database driven search engine of Kirstein's published writings. There is a comprehensive "About Lincoln Kirstein" section where users can click through a decade-by-decade biographical chronology of Kirstein's life; a section of short essays by such scholars as Leslie George Katz, A. Hyatt Mayor, Harvey Simmonds, Louis H. Silverstein and Nancy Lassalle; and there is a "Resources" page with descriptions of and links to the institutions that are central to Kirstein's posterity.

About Lincoln Kirstein:
Kirstein was one of America's most important cultural figures. Co-founder, with George Balanchine, of the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, he was also a great patriot and champion of the arts in America. Starting in his early years at Harvard University, Kirstein used the written word to influence how audiences looked at classical art and new movements within a variety of media. He was the founder and publisher of the journal Hound & Horn; and founder of the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, a precursor to the Museum of Modern Art. Kirstein wrote extensively, with force and erudition on all that interested him. This website presents a thorough listing, with excerpts and illustrations, of the writings published throughout his protean life.

About Eakins Press Foundation:
The purpose of the Foundation is the advancement of literature and art through excellence of presentation to a broad public. The Foundation's program supports and encourages the craftsmanship and art of authors, artists, painters and photographers, both unknown and of established reputation, whose efforts are non-commercial or commercially unfeasible. The Foundation issues works of the past and present that forward or are relevant to the vision, integrity and teaching of Thomas Eakins, the American painter for whom the Foundation is named. Publications include little-known or neglected masterpieces of the American past having contemporary pertinence, and classic and contemporary works that would otherwise not have been published, or not with the quality of presentation the work deserves. The Eakins Press Foundation is a not-for-profit educational and charitable private operating foundation.

About Blue Iceberg:
Blue Iceberg is a New York-based interactive agency providing interactive strategy, web design and development, and digital marketing services. With rigorous strategic analysis and client-side experience informing our insights, design and technology solutions, we harness the power of the internet to help brands and businesses thrive online. By seamlessly integrating video, content and design, we create visually engaging and intuitive interactive experiences that are customer-centric, integrate into our clients' workflow and build their businesses.

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