The 1960s Pop artist Jim Dine, best known for his colourful images of hearts and bathrobes has promised to gift hundreds of prints and complete portfolios to the British Museum. Created over half a century, the prints ranging from aquatints to lithographs will comprise the most complete collection of the artist’s graphic work, in an institution.
Art dealer Alan Cristea, who arranged the gift has represented the artist for 30 years recently announced that his gallery will be the sole distributer worldwide of the artist’s prints and editioned work. The British Museum stated that the acquisition would be completed early next year.
Jim Dine was born in 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied at night at the Cincinnati Art Academy during his senior year of high school and then attended the University of Cincinnati, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Ohio University, Athens, from which he received his B.F.A. in 1957. Dine moved to New York in 1959 and soon became a pioneer creator of ‘Happenings’ together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman.
Dine is one of the most significant artists of his generation and has had numerous solo exhibitions in museums in Europe and the United States. In 1970 the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, organized a major retrospective of his work, and in 1978 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, presented a retrospective of his etchings. He is also one of the most naturally gifted printmakers working today and more recently he has had print retrospectives at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée, Belgium.