Jim Dine


2 Robes (Fern's, Acid and Water) (diptych) 1976 drypoint etching 42 h × 26 w in (107 × 66 cm) Signed, titled and numbered to lower right ‘10/15 Jim Dine 1976’. This work is number 10 from the edition of 15. provenance: James W. Hyams Collection exhibited: Collecting Prints: Selections from the Collection of James W. Hyams, 2016, Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, Virginia literature: Williams College 215

Jim Dine b. 1935 For nearly six decades, American artist Jim Dine has evoked the power of symbolism, familiarity, and the search for self through a variety of mediums. A seeming critique on modern society, Dine places personal possessions and regular objects at the focal point of his prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. His evolving imagery includes reoccurring themes such as heart shapes, bathrobes, tools, and the human body for which he is best known. Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1935. His grandfather owned a hardware store where he worked throughout his youth later influencing his interest in ordinary objects. “I grew up with tools…I’ve always been enchanted by these objects made by anonymous hands,” he has stated. From 1953-1957 Dine studied poetry at the University of Cincinnati and later the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After receiving his BFA from the Ohio University in Athens, GA, he moved to New York in 1958. Dine began participating in stage performances, later known as “Happenings”, alongside artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Robert Whitman, and John Cage. The performances helped to launch his career and his first solo exhibition was held in New York at the Reuben Gallery in 1960. While frequently associated with Pop Art that developed at this time, the artist does not identify with a specific movement. In 1966 he remarked, "Pop is concerned with exteriors…I'm concerned with interiors." He continued to develop his body of work expanding upon his iconic themes with series of flowers, trees, and the Venus di Milo. His work has been exhibited internationally and been the focus of major retrospectives at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art (1970), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (1999), and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2004). Dine’s work is included in prestigious collections around the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Jim Dine lives and works between New York, Paris, and Walla Walla, WA.


The Cellist (from Eight Sheets from an Undefined Novel) 1976 etching with hand-coloring on German Etching paper image: 23⅜ h × 19¾ w in (59 × 50 cm) sheet: 41⅝ h × 30⅞ w in (106 × 78 cm) Signed, dated and numbered to lower left ‘18/30 J Dine 1976’. provenance: Leslie Hindman, Chicago, Prints and Multiples, 2 October 2020, Lot 26 | Private Collection literature: Williams College 203

The Swimmer (from Eight Sheets from an Undefined Novel) 1976, pencil signed, dated and numbered 28/30, with full margins, published by Pyramid Arts, Ltd., Tampa and with their blindstamp. Hand-color etching with watercolor on wove paper. image: 24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8cm) sheet: 41 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (105.4 x 77.5 cm) [Krens, 205]