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Sculptures created from bronze, glass, paint and hand tools by Jim Dine on view at Galerie Templon
City of Glass #4, 2014. Bronze, Glass, Stainless Steel and Found Object With Oil Enamel 124,5 x 150 x 89 cm. Photo: Courtesy Jim Dine and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris. © Jim Dine.

PARIS.- Happenings pioneer and one of the original Pop Art protagonists, known for experimenting with a range of techniques, American artist Jim Dine has chosen to celebrate his 80th birthday with a new installation in Paris: City of Glass.

City of Glass features a set of sculptures created from bronze, glass, paint and hand tools. Each glass city is mounted on a work bench-type base, evoking both an artist’s studio and an alchemist’s cabinet of curiosities.

Dine, who is a poet as well as a painter and sculptor, explains: ‘Everything I’ve ever done, everything I continue to do, it all comes down to fire. I’ve spent 60 years feeding the flame, trying to make sure it doesn’t die down.’

This exuberant birthday exhibition — the result of two-and-a-half years’ work — celebrates the creative power of a unique artist.

Here, tools and process are as crucial as the finished work. Dine throws out the rulebook and pushes technique to its limit. He personally heated and twisted the tools used to create the glass cities, which include a number of rare found objects. Dine is using blown glass for the very first time, as a way to ‘sculpt with light’. A series of large drawings of tools echos the installations.

Dine’s works have been shown at the most prestigious international institutions since the 1970s. Recently, his sculptures have been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (2008) and Ohio University (2011), and his drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York (2011). His famous Pinocchio was celebrated at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2012. In October 201, a major retrospective of his graphic work will be held at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.

His work features in over 70 public collections across the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Musée national d’art moderne - Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Collection in London.

This exhibition is his eighth at Galerie Templon.

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