Jim Dine
April 3 – May 1, 2004

Leslie Sacks Fine Art
11640 San Vicente Blvd. (Brentwood), Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Jim Dine, “Red Grease: The Crommellynk Gates”, 1984, charcoal, pastel, and oil stick on paper, 47 x 62 inches.

Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in1935, growing up in what he describes as “the beautiful landscape of the Midwest.” He studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School, and received his BFA from Ohio University in 1957.

Over four decades, Dine has produced more than three thousand paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, as well as performance works, stage and book designs, poetry, and even music. His art is in the permanent collections of museums around the world.

Dine is best known for his repetitive iconography - robes, hearts, tools, and the Venus De Milo - all of which evoke a variety of emotional responses. These motifs resonate with the artist’s life to such a degree that he has openly declared them self-portraits.

Although Dine is essentially a classicist with an expressionist bent, many of his pieces are conceptually based. Nevertheless, he emphasizes draftsmanship and the ultimate importance of emotional content. For example, in a unique work featured in this exhibition, Red Grease - The Crommelynk Gates, Dine has juxtaposed the essentially classical symmetry of the gates with an expressionistic treatment of the air and garden. In keeping with Dine’s autobiographical bent, the gates are at the atelier of the Parisian printmaker Aldo Crommelynk, with whom Dine worked on many occasions.

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