Jim Dine, Some Drawings

Ellen Johnson Gallery
April 8—July 17, 2005

Jim Dine (American, b. 1935)
Portrait of Chuck Close, 1993 Charcoal, pencil, acrylic and shellac with collage
Collection of the artist
© Jim Dine

Jim Dine (American, b.1935)
Jessie with the Scarf, 1975 Graphite
Collection of the artist
© Jim Dine


This special loan exhibition of nearly 80 works on paper, the majority from private collections, illustrates the range and mastery of Jim Dine's draftsmanship over more than four decades. Early tool collage drawings are shown alongside powerful portrait and figure studies drawn in a variety of media. In recent years, Dine has created large painterly pastels executed with a bravura that places them somewhere between painting and drawing. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of Dine's first visit to Oberlin. In 1965, Oberlin College's legendary professor of art history Ellen Johnson invited the young Ohio-born artist to participate in the College's artist-in-residence program. Dine had his first one-man museum show at the AMAM that year, and the museum acquired his Charcoal Self-Portrait in a Cement Garden (Roush Fund for Contemporary Art), which remains one of the icons of the permanent collection today.

Opening Reception for the Artist
April 7, 5:30–7:30 pm

The exhibition was organized by Stephanie Wiles. Following its Oberlin venue, the show will travel to the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York (September 18-January 6, 2006), and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (April 7 –June 18, 2006).

A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition is available, written by Stephanie Wiles, Jim Dine, and Vincent Katz.
See Exhibition Catalogue

Several lectures are planned in conjunction with the Jim Dine exhibition.
See Lectures.