Jim Dine: Viral Interest



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Jim Dine


Like most of us, Jim Dine went into self-isolation in March 2020 following the Covid-19 lockdown. Unlike most of us, he turned these three months into a crucible of creativity and has now recorded his experiences in book form. Dine quickly settled into a new daily rhythm: his studio in Montrouge became a living as well as a working space-“I spend my days in silence, painting and building”-which he would leave on his bike every afternoon for another space in Montparnasse, to write poems-“The intense silence of the street and my concentration sculpted the words in a direct way”-and to garden, tending to the plants that he arranges like a color palette, the roses and oleander, the succulents, tomatoes and corn…

Alongside Dine’s photos, from blurred self-portraits and cropped studio still lifes to foliage and clouds skimming the sky, are text fragments he took from the daily newspapers: “we are racing against trigger / once there was light / sick and dying African Americans / there is hope.” The idea that Dine document this time in photos and appropriated text came unexpectedly from a conversation with his printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl; Viral Interest is as much about their exchange as it is a document of confinement: haphazard and lyrical, compellingly contradictory.

Additional information

Weight 731 g
Dimensions 19.6 x 23.9 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 16 July 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.6 x 23.9 cm
Weight 731 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).