NEW YORK, NY.- This book
presents for the first time Jim Dine's Secret Drawings, a series of 45 majestic, dynamic and dense drawings made between 2012 and 2018 in his studios in Walla Walla, Washington, and Paris.
Ranging in size from 50 x 70 to 104 x 152 cm, these works are the product of Dines intense, restless processes of application, erasure and most importantly re-working, using materials as diverse as charcoal, China ink, pastel, fixative, oil enamel and acrylic paints, as well as collage. The textures of the paperswhat I had on the floor and lying aroundvary greatly, as do Dines tools, from sticks, brushes, knives, rotary grinders and the artists bare hands. The resulting drawings are raw, explosive, caught in the process of becoming, abstract yet with hints of familiar forms, perhaps a rectangle, oval, a slice or an aperture.
For Dine himself, these drawings ultimately hold a deeper, more personal, secrecy: 84 years ago (I am 84 years old) I emerged from a dark place. Then, it was thought of as a very secret place (I mean in the world). I have been depicting this landscape ever since. Hinting at it and confronting the subject matter directly. The thicket of marks and the anatomical reference is all here on the paper.
"But the point of carefully looking at the Secret Drawings is hardly to seek or identify possible sources so much as to revel in Dines majestic practice. He has a distinctive manner of creating forms one mark at a time, in response to the previous marks laid down, but also to the nature of the materials and how they seem best used in each instance." -- Ruth Fine
Co-published with Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim Dine completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ohio University in 1957 and has since become one of the most profound and prolific contemporary artists. Dines unparalleled career spans 60 years, and his work is held in numerous private and public collections. His books with Steidl include Pinocchio (2006), Hot Dream (52 Books) (2008), A Printmakers Document (2013) and Paris Reconnaissance (2018).