Jim Dine

Car Crash

January 13 – February 11, 2006

Jim Dine
Car Crash #1-6, 1960
Set of 6 mixed media drawings on brown wove paper
12 x 18 inches
Signed, dated and titled in pencil

Jim Dine
Crash Drawing with White Cross 1, 1959
Ink and gouache on paper
25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Collection of the Artist

Jim Dine
Crash Drawing with White Cross 2, 1959
Ink and gouache on paper
25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Collection of the Artist

Jim Dine
Crash, 1960
Set of four drawings
Red ink on paper
30 x 22 1/4 inches each
Collection of the Artist

 

Jim Dine
End of the Crash, 1960
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
40 1/8 x 26 inches
Edition of 32
 

Press Release

NEW YORK – Craig F. Starr Associates will present Jim Dine Car Crash from January 13 through February 11, 2006 at their Upper East Side gallery.

This show consists of rarely-exhibited drawings from Dine's Car Crash series of 1959-1960. Dine explored this theme in paintings, drawings, and prints in a related performance, one of the seminal Happenings of 1960. These remarkable drawings combine paint and collage in intense imagery suggesting the trauma and confusion of a car crash. A motif running throughout the works is the cross emblem of ambulances, suggesting physical pain and loss but also hope for salvation.

Like his contemporaries including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly, Dine's work from the late 1950s engages with the gestural energy of Abstract Expressionism and infuses it with personal significance. In this case, Dine himself had been involved in two car accidents in 1959, the first while driving alone and the second with his family.