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Self-Portrait

1964
22 1/8 x 16 15/16 in. (56.2 x 43 cm)

Jim Dine
American

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: The Charles Rand Penney Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery
Accession Number: 1975.329.2
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: The Charles Rand Penney Collection

Edition: 105/200

Publisher: Tanglewood Press, Inc., New York
Portfolio: 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]

Bibliography
For general information about this print, see Galerie Mikro's "Jim Dine: Complete Graphics," Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, 1970: cat. no. 26


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Artist's signature, lower left: 105/200 Jim Dine 1964


Provenance
Purchased by Charles Rand Penney, Olcott, NY; given to the Gallery in 1975

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