Jim Dine: Three Ships



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Jim Dine


This book explores the uncompromising processes of autobiographical excavation at the heart of Jim Dine’s art today. Here his focus lies on three self-reflective series from the past three years, each in a different medium. In the self-portraits of “Drawing the Minutes” Dine less draws with pencil on paper than carves into it, feverishly erasing and redrawing to create a shifting typography of self and a study on the effects of time. The densely painted self- portraits of “Me” comprising oils mixed with sawdust and sand deepen Dine’s acts of looking out and in, each layer of pigment a layer of self-knowledge. Finally we witness the monumental bronze sculptures of “Three Ships” whose title references the ships that carried the relics of the Three Wise Men on their final journey. Five years in the making, Dine’s ships are dynamic masses studded with branches, ropes and dozens of tools-one of his most beloved motifs, born from childhood hours of intense observation spent in his grandfather’s hardware store. Accompanied by short personal texts by the artist and photos documenting him at work at the Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen foundry, Three Ships is a testament to Dine’s vitality and transformative versatility-which sweep across six decades and show no sign of abating.

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Weight 1376 g
Dimensions 24.2 x 30.7 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 20 November 2023
Number of pages 180
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.2 x 30.7 cm
Weight 1376 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), The Secret Drawings (2020), A Beautiful Day (2021), I print. Catalogue Raisonné of Prints, 2001-2020 (2021) and Electrolyte in Blue (2021).