First Retrospective of Jim Dine’s Sculpture Opens at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
GRAND RAPIDS, MI.- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is the exclusive venue for the first retrospective of sculptural works by Pop Art master Jim Dine. As one of the most revered American artists, Dine has been a major force across the contemporary scene since the advent of the Pop Art movement. Celebrated for his paintings and graphic work, Dine’s equally prolific and profound efforts as a sculptor are less well-known. Jim Dine: Sculpture will be on display through May 8, 2011.
The exhibition traces the origins of Dine’s sculpture from the early work of the late 1950s and the early 1960s through his most recently completed efforts. Many of Dine’s iconic themes are explored including his use of tool and tool imagery, the Venus figure and the heart motif. Most recent is his exploration of the Pinocchio theme.
“Dine has a vast creativity and willingness to turn to a variety of images, many derived from found objects and popular or consumer culture,” said Joseph Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator of Sculpture. “His sensitivity for textures and surfaces coupled with his mastery of materials allows him to create works in a range of materials from cloth to bronze, straw to wood.”
With more than 20 works, it is Dine’s largest sculpture exhibition to date. It encompasses all three of Meijer Gardens’ gallery spaces as well as non-traditional exhibition spaces. The Technicolor Heart (The Big One), a 12-foot painted bronze heart is displayed on the adjoining Keeler Sculpture Terrace. Venus in Five Colors, five-foot bronze female figures in a variety of hues, has been installed in the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Visitors can experience the depth and breadth of the artist’s efforts by also visiting The Thunder, part of the organization’s permanent collection, on display in the Sculpture Park.
“Dine is one of the most important artists in our collection and we’re proud to host this complete and breathtaking survey of his sculpture,” said Becherer. “He has the ability to create a body of iconic imagery. While frequently personal in initial inspiration and use, his work speaks to a broad and diverse audience.”
A native of Cincinnati, Dine studied at the Boston Museum school before attending Ohio University. In 1959 he lived in New York and immersed himself in the downtown scene – both the art world and the realities of the street. In the 1960s he garnered initial international attention as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. In the ensuing years, his reputation solidified and increased as he translated numerous themes into visual icons that both appealed to and helped define contemporary culture. His imagery and innovative techniques earned a worldwide reputation. Dine’s work is featured in museum and private collections across the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been the subject of many exhibitions at prestigious museums including the Guggenheim, the National Gallery of Art, and the Gerry. The exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the premier survey of his sculpture.
Jim Dine: Sculpture has been organized in cooperation with the artist, the Pace Gallery, New York and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago.