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Jim Dine: Painting with the Carver

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Jim Dine: Painting with the Carver

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Painting with the Carver is an online exhibition of new prints by Jim Dine (b. 1935), one of America’s most celebrated artists, which includes previously unseen hand-painted prints depicting Dine’s signature motifs of robes, tools and hearts. Made over the past 12 months with master printmakers in Austria and Germany, this online exhibition includes Dine’s largest prints to date and a folding screen made from five joining panels.

Dine’s bathrobes, one of his most expressive motifs and enduring vehicles for his explorations of line and colour, began as stand-ins for the artist, which Dine calls ‘autobiography through objects’. Dine has also spoken extensively about his profound relationship with hand tools, and remembers playing with pieces of pipe, hammers and screwdrivers as a young boy in his grandfather’s hardware store. Brushes, hammers, saws and pliers feature prominently in his work, both as the tools of his trade and as an autobiographical motif. Dine has frequently used power-tools to grind, scrape and carve his woodblocks and Painting with the Carver, features woodcuts made by Dine with a chainsaw and motorised chisel.


– Alan Cristea

Image: Detail from Jim Dine, Asleep with his Tools Jim Dreams (screen), 2018

Listen: An Interview with Jim Dine

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After the last show at Cristea Roberts Gallery (in 2016), I wanted to make mainly bathrobes, I don’t know why. It’s all about the sensuous pleasure of carving and I wanted to carve robes like this. I haven’t carved like this in a long, long time, this fully. All my life I’ve had these images with me: hearts, robes, tools, it’s an endless source of inspiration. I don’t consider it repetition; it’s part of my vocabulary. This is another take on it and I’m a different guy than I was 20 years ago, you know. I am now going into my 85th year and I wanted to make bathrobes that I’ve been making since 1964. But they’re quite different, like I am.

-Jim Dine

1 Cristea Rob- Asleep with his Tools Jim

Jim Dine

Asleep with his Tools Jim Dreams (screen), 2018

Woodcut with extensive hand painting in oil paint on five sheets of Canson 300 gsm paper, individually mounted onto dibond and aluminum stretchers

Overall 75 1/3 x 139 inches (191.0 x 355.0 cm)

Edition of 5

$ 60,000.00 ex VAT

Jim Dine

Banjo plays, Battleship, Maine, 2019

Woodcut in black with hand painting in red acrylic on Japanese paper

Paper 52 3/8 x 40 inches/Image 49 5/8 x 37 ¾ inches

(Paper 133.0 x 101.7 cm / Image 126.0 x 96.0 cm)

Edition of 5

$15,000.00 ex VAT

2  Cristea- Banjo plays, Battleship, Mai
3 Cristea Rob- The Chief of Police (v 2)

Jim Dine
The Chief of Police, 2019
Woodcut and digital print with extensive hand painting in oil paint on Hahnemühle 350 gsm paper
Paper and Image 67 ¾ x 49 ¼ inches (172.0 x 125.0 cm)
Edition of 3 unique variants (variant 2 pictured)
Framed: $27,000.00 ex VAT

Jim Dine
Visiting Koichi, at Honmura An, 2019
Woodcut on two joined sheets of dyed Japanese paper
Paper 71 ¼ x 51 ⅝ inches / Image 66 7/8 x 48 inches
(Paper 181.1 x 131.0 cm / Image 170.0 x 122.0 cm)
Edition of 8 unique variants
$ 12,500.00 ex VAT

4 Cristea Rob- Visiting Koichi, at Honmu
5 Cristea Rob- Shirt and Buttons_2019 ~l

Jim Dine
Shirt and Buttons, 2019
One-colour woodcut monoprint in black with fabric collage on 300 gsm paper Hahnemühle 1584 paper
Paper 70 ⅛ x 49 3/8 inches / Image 49 3/8 x 48 inches
(Paper 178.0 x 125.4 cm / Image 170.0 x 122.0cm)
Framed: $ 27,000.00 ex VAT

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Asleep with his tools Jim dreams woodblocks with under drawing, prior to carving. Photography: Peter White, FXP Photography

Jim Dine
My Centimeter Man (Three), 2019
Three-colour woodcut monoprint with hand-painting in enamel, gouache and charcoal on Waterford 300 gsm paper
Paper 73 5/8 x 54 ¾ inches / Image 66 7/8 x 48 inches
(Paper 187.0 x 139.0 cm / Image 170.0 x 122.0 cm)
Framed: $ 32,200.00 ex VAT

6 Cristea rob- My Centimeter Man (Three)
7 Cristea Rob- The Recovery of Stolen Go

Jim Dine
The Recovery of Stolen Goods, 2019
Woodcut in black and digital print with hand painting in enamel on Arches BFK Rives 300 gsm paper
Paper 55 ⅛ x 42 ½ inches / Image 52 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches
(Paper 140.0 x 108.3 cm / Image 133.0 x 100.0 cm)
Edition of 6
$ 15,000.00 ex VAT

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Inking up a woodblock at Steindruck Studio, Apetlon, 2019. Photography: Daniel Clarke

Jim Dine
The Kitchen, 2019
Eight-colour woodcut on Korean paper
Paper 78 ¾ x 51 5/8 inches / Image 72 x 45 5/8 inches
(Paper 200.0 x 131.0 cm / Image 183.0 x 116.0 cm)
Edition of 7
$ 15,000.00 ex VAT

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9 Cristea Rob- Light and Magnesium_2019

Jim Dine
Light and Magnesium, 2019
Woodcut and digital print with hand painting in gouache and charcoal on Hahnemühle 350 gsm paper
Paper and Image 66 ¾ x 49 ¼ inches (169.5 x 125.0 cm)
Edition of 5
$ 18,000.00 ex VAT

Jim Dine
The Magic Sleeves, 2020
Three-colour woodcut and digital print with hand painting on Hahnemühle 350 gsm paper
Paper 42 x 62 inches / Image 40 1/6 x 61 inches
(Paper 106.5 x 157.5 cm / Image 102.0 x 155.0 cm)
Edition of 9
$ 15,000.00 ex VAT

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Jim Dine

Jim Dine’s prolific career as printmaker, painter and sculptor has spanned over six decades, and his iconic images are internationally renowned. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he studied at night at the Cincinnati Art Academy during his senior year of high school, and then attended the University of Cincinnati, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Ohio University, Athens, from which he received his B.F.A. in 1957. Dine moved to New York in 1959 and soon became a pioneer creator of ‘Happenings’ together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Since his first solo exhibition in 1960, Dine’s paintings, sculptures, photography and prints have been the subject of nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. In 1970 the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, organised a major retrospective of his work and in 1978 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, presented a retrospective of his etchings. This year Dine was honoured by the International Print Center New York. He lives and works in Paris, New York and Walla Walla, Washington.

Image: Jim Dine at Steindruck Studio, Apetlon, 2019. Photography: Daniel Clarke


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