1938, California, United States
Dane studied political science and art at the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining a master's degree in painting in 1968. He painted for seven years before taking up photography after his studio and all of his paintings were destroyed in a fire. In 1969 he began sending black-and-white photographic postcards to friends and acquaintances, building an audience while circumventing and subverting the gallery system. Despite becoming an internationally exhibited and collected artist in the Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand tradition of American street photography, he continued to be generous with his work: over time he sent some 50,000 photo postcards before turning in 2007 to the Internet as a venue for making his body of work available to the public. Dane taught art in the Berkeley Public Schools for three decades.
Please note that artwork locations are subject to change, and not all works are on view at all times. If you are planning a visit to SFMOMA to see a specific work of art, we suggest you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm it will be on view.
Only a portion of SFMOMA's collection is currently online, and the information presented here is subject to revision. Please contact us at email@example.com to verify collection holdings and artwork information. If you are interested in receiving a high resolution image of an artwork for educational, scholarly, or publication purposes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.