In 1964, The Paris Review launched a series of prints by major contemporary artists designed to encourage works in the print medium while also publicizing and providing financial support for the magazine. Largely through the efforts of Drue Heinz, who underwrote the series, and of Jane Wilson, who was chosen by George Plimpton to direct the program, twenty-three artists were persuaded to donate signed and limited editions of original work. Among the initial contributors were Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, and Andy Warhol.
Over the years, the Paris Review print series has grown to include the work of more than sixty artists and has garnered consistent critical acclaim. The Museum of Modern Art purchased a complete set of prints for its permanent collection in 1967.
Many prints, including several from the original series, are still available for purchase. All proceeds benefit The Paris Review Foundation.