The Colors and Culture of Jim Dine at The Armory Show 2015
Dine came to prominence as a
The Realistic Poet Assassinated (1970), an etching with hand-painted additions, recalls the work of
Some of Dine’s best-known works feature bathrobes realized in a spectrum of colors. A Robe Coloured with 13 Kinds of Oil Paint (1976) and Self Portrait (Stencil) (1997) employ the garment as stand-ins for personages, including Dine himself. Rendered in fields or color or small daubs of ink, the pieces resemble and refer to paintings for which Dine is also well known. The warm hues of Self Portrait (Stencil) are inviting and enveloping and though it resembles says Dine, and here he emphasizes the drawing coming from, and investigating, his self.
In a more recent work, The Venus Dances (2005), Dine employs the classic form of the Venus de Milo, a recurring motif that is part of his longstanding penchant for appropriation. Dine’s Venus is covered in rolling planes of color that wrap around her lithe body, signalling Dine’s affinity for and facility with color. Like all of his works, it is filled with vivacious beauty and simple pleasure and presents a smart interplay of form and color, ultimately conveying the artist’s unique brand of Pop.
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