This portfolio is a tribute to Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996), distinguished
teacher, lecturer, and scholar, whose writings have influenced generations of
scholars and critics the world over, particularly in the areas of medieval and
modern art. Affiliated with Columbia since he enrolled as a freshman in 1920 at
age sixteen, he earned three degrees at the University, including the Ph.D. in
1929, with a dissertation on the Romanesque sculpture of Moissac. Schapiro began
teaching art history at Columbia in 1928 and rose through the professorial ranks
to become full professor in 1952. He was named University Professor, Columbia's
highest rank, in 1965 and was designated University Professor Emeritus in 1973.
Known as a champion of the art of his time, Schapiro not only wrote about
contemporary art but was a friend of countless artists. As a gesture to their
friend and mentor on his seventieth birthday, twelve artists, among them Jasper
Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Saul Steinberg,
Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, in addition to Roy Lichtenstein, created this
portfolio of original lithographs, etchings, and silk screens.