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Jim Dine
(American, b. 1935)
Olympic Robe, 1988
Lithograph, 146/300, 35" x 27"

Gift of Allwyn and Ellen Levine (2000.231)

Jim Dine adopted the image of the bathrobe as his personal hallmark in 1964.  Over the years, he has recast the robe in many media, ranging from painting and drawing, to etching, lithography, and screenprinting.  Unlike other Pop artists, who sought to replicate the slick quality of advertising art and commercial reproduction, Dine opted for a handmade look that calls attention to the actual process of artmaking.  This approach is especially evident in the Museum’s Olympic Robe, which was created to commemorate the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  Vibrant and colorful, apparently spontaneous, Dine’s print successfully captures the pageantry and excitement of the Olympic Games.

Dine first studied art in his native city of Cincinnati.  Moving to New York City in the late 1950s, he met Alan Kaprow and collaborated with him on his series of “Happenings.”  At the same time, he began to explore the first of what would become his signature motifs:  hand tools, neckties, Valentine-like hearts, and the bathrobe.  Embraced as an important figure by the rising Pop movement, Dine remained with his chosen subjects long after Pop Art faded from the scene in the early 1970s.  Today the artist continues to explore the expressive possibilities of his early material even as he experiments with more recent themes.