Jim Dine: some drawings
January 6 - March 25, 2007
Reception to Meet the Artist: Saturday, January 6, 6–8 pm

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Pepperdine University
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Jim Dine (American, b. 1935), “Tool Drawing II”, 1983, mixed media, 70 x 70 inches.
Collection of Arne and Milly Glimcher.  Copyright Jim Dine

MALIBU — The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University is pleased to present Jim Dine: some drawings, which will be on view from January 6 through March 25, 2007. Featuring over 70 large-scale works on paper, this major exhibition surveys the range and depth of Jim Dine’s draftsmanship over more than four decades.
One of the founders of Pop Art in the early 1960s, Dine is best known for his series of hearts, tools, Venuses, and bathrobes—images that have become icons of American culture. In the early 1970s, Dine embraced drawing, committing himself to the discipline of observing reality and recording his perceptions. As he explained, “I taught myself how to draw.” From this moment on, drawing became an essential part of his creative life.
Dine walks a fine line between realism and expressionism. His manner of drawing is emotional, gestural, and physical, and involves constant correction. Employing numerous media at one time—often using pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, ink, and pastel in a single work—he would create an image, then erase all or part before completing it. In this complex process of creation-destruction-recreation, the underlying ghost image provided him with a road map. Finished works are rich and layered. They appear to emerge from the depths of memory and time, giving his drawings the visual power of an unforgettable dream.
This exhibition, organized in close cooperation with the artist, includes works from the 1960s to 2004 and runs the gamut from his iconic subjects to more personal, intimate images. Included are seminal examples of his “Life Drawings,” in which he engaged the traditional practice of drawing from the model to produce works full of psychological resonance. His “Self-Portraits” are examples of intense self-scrutiny in which he looks through a mirror to find the soul within. His drawings from the Glyptothek reinterpret ancient Greek and Roman sculptures from the German museum, rendering the eternal white marble forms as haunting contemporary presences. Dine’s symbolism is both personal and universal. For example, his “Tool Drawings” not only refer to his grandfather’s hardware store but also allude to every person’s ability to transform their physical world.
Dine was born in 1935 and raised in Cincinnati, OH. After moving to New York City in 1958, he created some of the first “Happenings,” events that fused art and theatre. In the 1960s, he became closely involved with the development of Pop Art. His paintings from the time often had real everyday objects—such as tools, rope, shoes, and neckties—attached to his canvases. These objects were often the artist’s personal possessions and had an autobiographical content. Seeking respite from the New York art world, Dine lived in London from 1967 to 1971. When he returned to the United States in 1971, he settled in Vermont and began to draw from the figure, which became the beginning of a lifelong passion for drawing. Over the years, Dine has been the subject of hundreds of exhibitions internationally. He was honored with major retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1970, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in 1984, and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1999.

The installation at the Weisman Museum was planned with the assistance of Jim Dine.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art.
A hard-cover exhibition catalogue with 85 color plates and text by Dine, as well as essays by exhibition curator Stephanie Wiles and critic Vincent Katz, is available.
Jim Dine: some drawings was organized by the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, and sponsored by Oberlin’s Friends of Art Fund.
“Jim Dine: Some Drawings, Some Talk—Observations from Four Decades”
Connie Glenn, Director Emeritus of the University Art Museum and Professor Emeritus, California State University Long Beach, in conversation with Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Thursday, January 25, 7–8 p.m.

Family Art Day
Children will participate in making their own Jim Dine “Tool Drawing.”
Saturday, February 17, noon–2 p.m.

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