Jim Dine (American, born 1935), The Apocalypse: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, 1982, San Francisco: Arion Press, woodcuts and letterpress, bound volume; together with hand-painted cast plaster relief sculpture; deluxe edition of 8, Gift of William P. Kosmas, 2018.123.57a-c

A Collector’s Odyssey: Books & Prints from the William P. Kosmas Collection

July 25, 2020 - April 25, 2021
Gallery 315 and Gallery 316
Free Exhibition

Born and raised in Minneapolis, William Peter Kosmas (1940–2017) was a London-based attorney who devoted his practice to representing and advising contemporary artists, writers, and performers. Kosmas’s professional specialties dovetailed with his lifelong passion for collecting artists’ books and works on paper, resulting in an extensive personal collection of modern and contemporary art that was recently donated to Mia by the Kosmas estate. This exhibition will feature a selection of more than 60 artists’ books and original prints by prominent European, Japanese, and American artists and writers, reflecting Kosmas’s wide-ranging interests in art, poetry, and classical literature. The display includes important works by Joan Miró, Sigmar Polke, Georg Baselitz, Richard Hamilton, Shinro Ohtake, Federico García Lorca, Samuel Beckett, Josef Albers, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Betye Saar, and the German book artist Veronika Schäpers, among many others.

Jim Dine (American, born 1935), The Apocalypse: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, 1982, San Francisco: Arion Press, woodcuts and letterpress, bound volume; together with hand-painted cast plaster relief sculpture; deluxe edition of 8, Gift of William P. Kosmas, 2018.123.57a-c