Lincoln Kirstein's Achievement
Eleven years after his death, Lincoln Kirstein, the co-founder of the New York City Ballet (NYCB), is largely forgotten. Even during his lifetime, he was little known outside a smallish circle of art-conscious Americans. Throughout the second half of his long life, he labored in the shadow of George Balanchine, NYCB’s star choreographer, and many people who cared passionately about dance in America had no more than a general idea of the key role he played in the company’s creation. As for his other achievements, they are still less well remembered today, despite the fact that he was also at one time a much-admired critic and connoisseur of the visual arts.
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