Best known for monumental images of bathrobes, tools, and hearts that became icons of Pop Art during the 1960s and 70s, Jim Dine remains one of the most inventive and prolific printmakers of our time. His prints currently number some one thousand items, and at age 75, he continues to produce new works with remarkable zest and boundless energy. Jim Dine Printmaker: Leaving My Tracks explores Dine’s etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and illustrated books from the last fifty years, drawing from the prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where the artist has created an archive of his life’s work. Some 160 lush full-color images and text based on conversations between the artist and MFA curator Clifford S. Ackley offer an intimate look into Dine’s deeply personal approach to his favorite subject matter.
Intensely physical in execution, Dine’s prints celebrate the artist’s touch. He supplements his energetic, full-body strokes not only by hand coloring but also by collaging with nontraditional media. He may also subtract, scratching or even gouging his surfaces, sometimes with power tools. The results show his great joy in working with the thick paper and rich inks and colors, or in the artist’s words, his love for “leaving my tracks.”