Jim Dine Personal Allegiances

Hearts, Bathrobes, Palettes and Tools

June 23 – August 12, 2005

Jim Dine
2 Hearts (The Donut), 1970
Lithograph
54 x 64 inches

Jim Dine
Double Apple Palette with Gingham, 1965
Lithograph
18 1/2 x 26 5/8 inches

Jim Dine
Shellac Orientale, 1973
Graphite, watercolor and shellac with collage of various papers, human hair, and screw heads
23 x 30 1/8 inches

Jim Dine
Eleven Part Self Portrait (Red Pony), 1965
Lithograph
105 x 76 inches
Private collection

Jim Dine
Boots Silhouettes, 1965
Lithograph
105 x 75 inches
Private collection

Jim Dine
1 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches
 

Jim Dine
2 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
3 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
4 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
5 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
6 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
7 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
8 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
9 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Jim Dine
10 from Ten Winter Tools, 1973
Suite of ten lithographs
30 x 22 inches

Press Release

NEW YORK – Craig F. Starr Gallery will open Jim Dine: Personal Allegiances: Hearts, Bathrobes, Palettes and Tools, on June 23rd. The show will include early drawings and prints from the 1960s and 70s.

Jim Dine’s early imagery derives from personal sources in the artist’s life. This exhibition focuses on four of his most recognizable images – hearts, bathrobes, palettes and tools - each image representing for Dine an aspect of himself or a memory of his childhood. Both his father and grandfather owned hardware stores, thus the use of tools in his work signifies both a powerful personal memory for the artist and a Duchampian interest in found objects. The bathrobe is an intimate article of clothing that represents the self, and the palette, smeared with paint, suggests the artist and his work. 

Highlights of the show include Dine’s first lithograph on his bathrobe theme, the monumental 1965 Eleven Part Self Portrait (Red Pony) and the tour-de-force diptych 2 Hearts (The Donut) of 1970, which encompasses both the heart and tool themes.  The tools are most comprehensively explored in his series Ten Winter Tools of 1973 and in a drawing and collage entitled Shellac Orientale of the same year that incorporates actual screwheads into the work. Double Apple Palette with Gingham also incorporates collage with its attached pieces of gingham against the backdrop of two artist’s palettes.