Washington State University's has announced a gift of more than two hundred fine-arts prints from artist Jim Dine.
Valued at nearly $2 million, the collection spans the artist's fifty-year career in printmaking and represents a comprehensive range of techniques within the medium. The gift, which will result in the establishment of the largest permanent collection of Dine prints at a university anywhere in the world, was made in part to honor arts patron and philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer, who last fall announced a $5 million commitment to a $15 million campaign to build a new and larger art museum at WSU.
Dine emerged in the New York art world in the late 1950s with his performance art "Happenings" and mixed media assemblages. Although he's been associated with the first generation of Pop art, including contemporaries Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, his work also expresses a strong romantic, expressionist sensibility.
"Jim's gift is representative of the remarkable quality of our collections," said WSU Museum of Art director Chris Bruce. "Through the construction of a new, state-of-the-art museum and gallery, we will help ensure that world-class art — like that of great artists [such as] Jim Dine — will be accessible to the citizens and visitors of the Inland Northwest for decades to come."