Jim Dine

22 Feb - 23 Mar 2013

© Jim Dine
A Child in Winter Sings, 2011-2012
acrylic and sand on canvas
22 February - 23 March 2013

Pace is honored to present an exhibition of new work by Jim Dine, featuring fourteen large-scale abstract paintings. The exhibition will be on view from February 22 through March 23, 2013 at 510 West 25th Street, New York. An opening reception for the public will be held on Thursday, February 21, from 6 to 8 PM.

A catalogue for the exhibition will include an interview between Dine and art historian Ruth Fine, former curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., who has organized travelling museum exhibitions of Dine’s work.

In his new body of work, Dine eliminates the iconic figurative objects of his previous paintings to focus on the act of painting itself. The radical shift developed in the studio over two years, after Dine completed a series in which recognizable forms were increasingly occluded until they were almost submerged in gestural abstractions of vivid colors. As with that series, the new abstract paintings are built with layers of acrylic paint and sand applied to a canvas primed with resin. The surface of the painting has been abraded, with Dine subtracting and adding to build and rebuild layers of material and texture.

In the 1960s, Dine created a series of “Palette” paintings, in which he outlined an artist’s palette that was formally congruent to the shape of the canvas and celebrated its surface splotches and mounds of paint. In his new series, he looks back at those works and removes the formal structure of the palette, leaving an Orphistic, swirling celebration of paint.

The titles of the paintings are drawn from Dine’s poem “The Flowering Sheets” (2007), a source of inspiration to which he frequently returns.

Jim Dine (b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio) studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School, and received his B.F.A. from Ohio University, Athens, where he was also enrolled in the graduate program. Dine moved to New York City in 1958, where he instantly became an active figure in the New York art world, creating and staging many of the first “Happenings” along with artists Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Since his first solo exhibition in 1960, Dine’s paintings, sculptures, photography, and prints have been the subject of nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide.

Dine has been the subject of nine major surveys and retrospectives since 1970, including Jim Dine, some drawings, organized by the Allen Memorial Art Museum (2005–2007); Drawings of Jim Dine, a major traveling retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2004); Jim Dine: Walking Memory 1959–1969, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (1999), which traveled to the Cincinnati Art Museum; Jim Dine, Isetan Museum, Tokyo, which travelled to the Museum of Art, Osaka and the Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan (1990–91); Jim Dine: Five Themes, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, (1984–85), which traveled to the Phoenix Art Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1970). In 2008, Dine became the first contemporary artist invited to exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa in Malibu. In 2011, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan presented the artist’s first major retrospective devoted to sculpture, and the Morgan Library and Museum mounted an exhibition of Dine’s Glyptotek Drawings, which the artist donated to the museum in 2009. A digital catalogue raisonné of Dine’s three-dimensional works, Jim Dine: Sculpture, 1983–present, was recently released by Artifex Press.

Dine has received numerous awards and honors including, most recently, the inaugural Cincinnati Art Award from the Cincinnati Museum of Art (2010); the inaugural Legacy in Lithography Award from the Tamarind Institute, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico (2010); the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 10th Annual Medal Award (2005); the prestigious Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris (2003); and the Library Lions Award, New York Public Library (2003). He was elected to the American Academy of and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (1980).

Dine’s work is held in more than 70 important public collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone-machi, Japan; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum; Amsterdam; Tate Gallery; London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Pace has represented Jim Dine since 1976.

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