Cristea Roberts Gallery is delighted to announce that the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, USA, has acquired a major archive of prints, dating from 1962 – 2020, by Jim Dine (b. 1935).
The acquisition transforms the Foundation’s holding of Dine’s art, which it has been collecting for over 20 years. Dine has built a career exploring and pushing the boundaries of printmaking, alongside his practice in other mediums. Now aged 86 years, he is one of the most important printmakers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The largest acquisition, ever, of Dine’s work includes etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, unique variants, studies and trial proofs. The works feature the artist’s iconic imagery of hearts, skulls, Pinocchio, Venus de Milo, tools and bathrobes, the latter two often appearing as autobiographical motifs.
These phenomenal pieces of printmaking, made over six decades, contain a full overview of Dine’s earliest prints, from his Tool Box portfolio made in 1966 to the artist’s most recent works such as Asleep with his Tools, Jim Dreams (Black and Silver), 2018, a black woodcut on paper painted by Dine in silver, measuring over 3.5 x 2 metres.
Jordan D. Schnitzer, director of the foundation, says, “I am honoured and delighted to have acquired such an exceptional body of prints by Jim Dine, which began with my first purchase of his work in 1988. Through the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation exhibition and publication program, I have championed Dine's work ever since. This acquisition of more than 890 prints transforms the holdings of my collections, affording audiences access to the full breadth of Dine's career in printmaking. Having worked with Cristea Roberts Gallery over the past three years to acquire this collection, we look forward to sharing it.”