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Jim Dine (American, b.1935)
LOT ID: 77741
Pinocchio, 2008

Screenprint, Woodcut
37 х 27 in. (93.98 x 68.58 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil.
Edition 118
Foundry/Publisher Lincoln Center
Lot description
Perfect for a child's bedroom, "Pinocchio" by Jim Dine. For the past few years, the artist has focused on the story of Pinocchio, creating hundreds of drawings, prints, and sculptures of this fictional character. The artist explains this fascination with Pinocchio as a reflection of his own persona, “I have for many years been able to live through the wooden boy.” Dine finds in Pinocchio’s story a life similar to his own, with temptation, challenges, and adventure. He also identifies with the puppet’s personality, mischievous and boyish. The 2006 exhibition commemorating Dine's promised gift of 39 Pinocchio lithographs to the New York Public Library brought together some of the most moving work in the series, and indicated the degree of Dine’s interest in the children’s story and the character’s psychology.

A master printmaker, Jim Dine (b.1935) has long combined Pop-informed imagery with a highly personal point of view. Among other popular subjects such as his iconic hearts and robes, flowers have also been a focus throughout Dine's career. Dine was born June 16, 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, and Robert Whitman. He exhibited at the Judson Gallery, New York, in 1958 and 1959, and his first solo show took place at the Reuben Gallery, New York, in 1960.

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
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