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 artists studio and an alchemists cabinet of curiosities.
Dine, who is a poet as well as a painter and sculptor, explains: Everything Ive ever done, everything I continue to do, it all comes down to fire. Ive spent 60 years feeding the flame, trying to make sure it doesnt 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.
Dines 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 dart moderne - Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Collection in London.
This exhibition is his eighth at Galerie Templon