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"Jim Dine Prints: 1985-2000"
2002-05-12 until 2002-08-04
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis, MN, USA

A major retrospective of recent prints by one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century and present day, Jim Dine, is on view from May 12 through August 4, 2002 at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Jim Dine Prints: 1985-2000 spans the last fifteen years of Dine's graphic oeuvre and comprises approximately 100 lithographs, intaglios, woodcuts and illustrated books. The catalogue raisonnÚ documents Dine's complete print production between 1985 and 2000.

Jim Dine entered the New York art world to great acclaim with his Happenings and mixed media assemblages in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although commonly associated with the Pop art movement of the 1960s, Dine's work pertains more to his lifelong search for meaning and insight. He has continued to work unceasingly for over four decades producing an astounding body of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs.

As an avid printmaker, Dine's virtuosity, penchant for innovation, and ability to tap into the vagaries of the human psyche has resulted in countless works of indisputable power and beauty. During the last fifteen years, Dine's imagery has evolved in extraordinary ways. New iconic elements - the owl, raven, ape, cat, and Pinocchio - supplement his signature repertory of hearts, hands, skulls, tools, and robes. He continually turns to familiar images such as the Venus de Milo, trees, and flowers to evoke a variety of emotional responses. Each one of these old and new motifs resonates with the artist's life experiences, to such a degree that he has openly declared them self-portraits. Now into the twenty first century, Dine continues to dazzle with iconic and technical innovations that build on and enhance his earlier efforts.

Jim Dine's work has received popular exposure in the Twin Cities - in 1984, the Walker Art Center organized the exhibition "Jim Dine: Five Themes," and five years later The Minneapolis Institute of Arts hosted "Jim Dine Drawings: 1973-1987." In addition, numerous collectors of his work reside in Minneapolis. Dine continues to collaborate with printers from all over the world from Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Milan, Verona, Rome, and Copenhagen to New York, London, Tampa, and Paris. Often his print projects yield works that rival his paintings in scale, presenting a logistical challenge to the mounting of a traditional print exhibition.

The richly illustrated catalogue raisoneÚ provides a wealth of information on 198 prints, 10 livres d'artiste, and four portfolios. Essays by Elizabeth Carpenter and Joseph Ruzicka give context to Dine's graphic work since 1985 and offer new insights based on conversations with the artists and his printers and collaborators. The hard cover book is available in the Museum shop, price $65.00.

Jim Dine
Fresh, French, and Beautiful 1993
Copyright Jim Dine

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