Press Release: Recent Prints of a Pop Art Master on View at Graduate Center: Jim Dine Selected Prints, 1996-2006
From October 2 to December 8, the Amie and Tony James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center will present Jim Dine Selected Prints, 1996-2006. This exhibition of forty-seven prints, two livres d’artiste (books illustrated by the artist), and a recently published portfolio highlights the technical innovation and deeply personal imagery of the Pop Art master’s printmaking oeuvre. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6 pm.
In addition to informal weekly gallery talks on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., the Amie and Tony James Gallery and the Center for the Humanities will present “Printmakers and Poets,” a conversation between Jim Dine, poet and critic Vincent Katz, and curator Diane Kelder in the Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre on Tuesday, October 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Organized with the assistance of Pace Editions, Inc., the exhibition features such recurrent subjects as Dine’s iconic hearts, robes, and self-portraits, as well as captivating images of flowers and birds that have a highly personal significance for the artist. Of particular importance are the many recent prints inspired by the hero of Carlo Collodi’s celebrated children’s tale, The Adventures of Pinocchio: Story of a Puppet (Dine says that he “has lived through” Pinocchio since he first saw Walt Disney’s animated film in 1941).
Long recognized as one of the major artists of our time, Dine is associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. However, he has always been an individualist whose body of painting, drawings, sculpture, prints, and photographs defies categorization. Throughout his career, Dine has been engaged in printmaking, collaborating with master-printers at legendary workshops throughout the United States and Europe.
Since 1970, Dine’s signal contributions to the history of printmaking have been acknowledged in four major exhibitions accompanied by catalogues and raisonnées: 1970, Gallery Mikro, Berlin, Jim Dine: Complete Graphics; 1977, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, Jim Dine Prints: 1970-1977; 1986, Davison Arts Center and Ezra and Cecila Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, Jim Dine Prints, 1977-1985; 2002, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Jim Dine Prints: 1985-2000.
The exhibition is part of New York Fine Art Print Week, organized by the International Fine Print Dealers Association in conjunction with the Annual IFPDA Print Fair. A full listing can be found on www.ifpda.org.
The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-nine interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, the Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. Further information on the Graduate Center and its programs can be found at www.gc.cuny.edu.
Submitted on: SEP 1, 2007