Drawings of Jim Dine
About this book
Jim Dine is a consummate draftsman whose images of tools, large-scale nudes, self-portraits, and studies from nature and after antiquity are among the most accomplished and beautiful drawings of our time. This National Gallery exhibition and catalogue, the first major survey of Dine's drawings in 15 years, features over 100 of the finest examples from the 1970s to the present, works drawn from public and private collections. During the 1960s, Dine's name was inextricably linked with Pop art, but he made a dramatic shift during the 1970s, devoting himself to drawing from life. Drawings of Jim Dine examines the artist's accomplishment by focusing not only on works on paper but also on drawings in a purer sense: ones that largely incorporate line and rely heavily on materials such as pencil, chalk, and charcoal. Although many examples deviate from this standard, the emphasis here is on works that demonstrate the artist's skills as a draftsman and underscore his traditional underpinnings, even as he breaks new ground.