Jim Dine: French, English, A Day Longer



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Those lucky enough to visit one of Jim Dine’s studios will find their walls not only splattered with pigment from his many paintings but covered with his poems, drawn in his unmistakable handwriting. Dine has been writing poems for decades and French, English, A Day Longer, including dozens of documentary photos and two DVDs of his poetry recitals, is a privileged insight into this crucial aspect of his studio practice. Written with charcoal and ink, smudged and re-worked with brushes, sponges, rags and fingers, Dine’s poems are constantly re-imagined, dense with layers of memory: the wall becomes the work. Dine often collaborates with his assistants on these creations, each moving throughout the studio, writing in both English and French, erasing, correcting and provoking, as in a dance, only to be concluded with the decisive sweep of Dine’s left hand.

I became a collector of words. That is I remember things I heard. My method of writing is not too different than my method of painting. I collect imagery and put it together and take it apart. It’s a collage method. – Jim Dine Co-published with Joca Seria, Nantes

Additional information

Weight 832 g
Dimensions 18.9 x 24.4 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 13 May 2021
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Jim Dine
Dimensions 18.9 x 24.4 cm
Weight 832 g


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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. Dine's unparalleled career spans more than 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 Printmaker's Document (2013), Paris Reconnaissance (2018), 3 Cats and a Dog (Self-portrait) (2019) and The Secret Drawings (2020).