22 1/8 x 16 15/16 in. (56.2 x 43 cm)
Medium and Support:
The Charles Rand Penney Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery
Location: Not currently on view
The Charles Rand Penney Collection
Tanglewood Press, Inc., New York
New York Ten, 1965
From the portfolio "New York Ten"
This work claims to be a self-portrait, although we don't actually see what we typically expect in a portrait - a face. One of the trademarks of Pop Art is the absence of the artist's hand - many of them wanted their work to look machine-made or mass-produced. Pop Art, as well as many other art movements throughout the ages, often prompted the question "What is art?" This work also invites the question "What is a portrait?"
[Gallery label text]
The self-portrait has been redefined by a number of artists in contemporary times. In Dine’s case, the substitution of a bathrobe for the artist’s face is a witty twist on an old theme, simultaneously conveying anonymity and “cozy familiarity,” in the words of one writer. Like Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can, Dine’s bathrobe has become a signature image of Pop art of the Sixties.
In addition to his unconventional approach to self-portraiture, Dine’s printing technique “breaks the rules” as well. Rather than being centered on the paper, the image is asymmetrically placed, which creates a cropped effect.
[Label text, 1997]