Jim Dine: Drawing with Light

During two winters from 1987 to 1988, Jim Dine worked in Venice to create the Glyptotek Drawings, a series of forty figurative drawings inspired by antiquities in the Glyptothek, Munich, and other collections. Working exclusively in a variety of wet and dry opaque black media on translucent paper and plastic supports, Dine created these drawings to be used as positive transparencies for the production of heliogravure plates and, ultimately, intaglio prints. Despite their intended intermediary printmaking function, the drawings were also created to be finished works of art. These two functions, one to transmit light and the other to be viewed in reflected light, set up challenges for Dine that guided his choice of materials and techniques. Through interviews with the artist, it was revealed that a variety of unorthodox substances were used to create these opaque drawings in combination with innovative subtractive techniques to allow light to pass through them.