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"The Prints of Jim Dine and Michael Rothenstein: Two Recent Gifts"
2000-05-19 until 2000-09-24
UK United Kingdom
The long and productive careers of American artist Jim Dine (b.1935) and the British artist Michael
Rothenstein (1908-1993) both show a consistent commitment to printmaking as a key feature of
their artistic output. Although their work is in many ways quite different, both Dine and Rothenstein
draw on aspects of popular culture and consumerism while demonstrating the astonishing versatility
of the printmaking medium. Both artists have also spent corresponding periods in the other's
country - Dine lived in London during the late 1960s, while Rothenstein was a regular visiting
lecturer and teacher at campus art colleges in the United States from the late 1960s.
Dine first came to prominence as a Pop artist in the early 1960s with the bathrobe and tools as his
characteristic subjects, although from the 1970s figuration and life drawing have been the impetus
behind much of his work. Rothenstein began making lithographs and monotypes in the late 1940s
before taking up the woodcut and linocut, often in innovative combination. The Pop Art
appropriation of American consumerism as a subject for art led Rothenstein during the 1960s and
70s to exploit the possibilities of screenprint, usually incorporating photography, while in the 1980s
he returned to making woodcuts, with a boldly neo-expressionistic emphasis.
This exhibition brings together a selection of prints by Dine which the artist recently presented to the
Museum, including etchings from his two suites Eight sheets from an undefined novel from 1976
and 1979, as well as a monumental image of an owl printed from a cardboard plate made in 1994.
A group of Rothenstein's prints from the 1960s through to the 1980s was donated by Mrs Michael
Rothenstein, the artist's widow, in 1996 and 1999. The two recent gifts are shown in the context of
the Museum's holdings of Dine and Rothenstein which these donations have transformed.
Michael Rothenstein (1908-1993)
880 x 556mm.
Copyright artist's estate