Chazen Museum of Art


Dine Exhibition at the Chazen Features the Human Skull across Diverse Media

“I knew him.” Jim Dine Skulls, 1982–2000

May 16 – August 17, 2014
Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries


Madison, Wis., April 1, 2014—Jim Dine is one of the most recognizable and prolific of American artists. His work is characterized by the invention, repetition, and reinvention of now-familiar themes: hearts, a bathrobe, tools, and the human skull among them. Dine has always worked in various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, collage, ceramics, photography, performance, books, poetry, and mixed media. Often associated with Pop Artists, Dine stands apart because he treats his chosen objects in a much more intimate and personal way, exploring them inventively and repeatedly in diverse media.

 “I knew him.” Jim Dine Skulls, 1982–2000 is a generous gift to the Chazen from the artist himself and represents a thematically cohesive collection with sixty-seven examples of his treatment of the human skull. Included in this gift are two large-scale sculptures, five paintings, eight drawings, twenty-five prints, two ceramic pieces, and a number of photographs, all of which were produced by the artist between 1982 and 2000.  A fine-art poster and catalog will also be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Jim Dine (b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio) studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School, and received his B.F.A. from Ohio University, Athens, where he was also enrolled in the graduate program. He moved to New York City in 1958, where he had his first group (1959) and solo (1960) exhibitions. Dine instantly became an active figure in the New York art world, creating and staging many of the first "Happenings" along with artists Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Since his first solo exhibition in 1960, Dine’s paintings, sculptures, photography, and prints have been the subject of nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board 
with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Exhibit-related events

Opening Reception May 15, 2014
5:30 p.m. A Conversation with Jim Dine (a live webcast will also be available, information to come)
6:30–8 p.m. Reception with refreshments, cash bar and live music

Digital images for media use are available upon request. Contact: Kirstin Pires, Editor, 608-890-4469,

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