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Series: A History of Communism
Head and shoulders portrait of Karl Marx with paint brushes on either side of his head and pliers beneath; plate 45 from the portfolio 'A History of Communism', a suite of 45 prints with title-page and colophon, published by the artist, housed in a black solander box; British Museum proof. 2012
Lithograph and etching on Zerkall white paper
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Height: 745 millimetres (image)
Height: 940 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 590 millimetres
Width: 710 millimetres
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- This is a proof set for the British Museum outside the edition of 10. Published by Jim Dine.
Berlin-based lithographic printers Sarah Dudley and Ulie Kuhle alerted Dine to the existence of 100 litho stones still with images on them made by forty years of students of a Socialist art academy in former East Germany. Dine asked them to reactivate the stones and had them all printed out. From these he made a selection of 45. Dudley and Kuhle editioned the lithographs and then sent them to the artist in Walla Walla, Washington, where he worked on them every summer for two and a half years with the etchers Julia D'Amario, Aurélie Pagès and Kathy Kuehn.
See catalogue: 'Jim Dine, A History of Communism', with an essay by Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, (Steidl, 2014, published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, 10 September-7 October 2014).
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