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Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings Online Exhibition
Painter, sculptor, draftsman, and poet, Jim Dine (American, born 1935) began his career in the early 1960s as a key figure in the development of performance art. He soon came to be associated with Pop Art because his drawings and paintings often depict a single object or everyday motif in isolation. Yet, in contrast to Pop, Dine charges his art with a deep personal investment, reworking and reimagining his sources until they become part of his own iconography. In the 1970s, draftsmanship became central to his practice, particularly in the form of life drawing, and in the 1980s he began a sustained series of drawings based on ancient sculpture.
Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings explores Dine's meditation on the antique world. In addition to the drawings, the exhibition features the book of prints based on them. Entitled Glyptotek, and published in limited edition in 1988, the book includes Dine's translation of a poem by Sappho (right), the seventh-century B.C. Greek poet known for her love poems.
All works are promised gifts of the artist to the Morgan.
This online exhibition is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings on view May 20, 2011, through September 4, 2011.
Jim Dine (b. 1935)
Charcoal and pastel on plastic sheet
17 x 13 inches
Promised gift of the artist to The Morgan Library & Museum. Photograph courtesy of The Pace Gallery. © 2009 Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The flower delights my body's force.
It shines on the bitter-sweet limbs
Of our long companionship.
Moonlight covers the earth.
Jim Dine, "After Sappho," 1988