Jim Dine: The Black Paintings
Introductory text by Jim Dine
Published by Richard Gray Gallery
Softcover, English 2018
On the occasion of Jim Dine: The Black Paintings, Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce the release of an illustrated catalogue that documents the exhibition. Featuring an introductory text by the artist, the catalogue provides detailed color illustrations of each of the eight large-format works.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Jim Dine: The Black Paintings presents a solo exhibition of recent abstract works by Jim Dine at the gallery’s New York location from October 25, 2018 through January 11, 2019.
The Black Paintings are a series of eight large-format works first conceived in 2015 at Jim Dine’s studio in Walla Walla, Washington. Built from a thick impasto of acrylic paint, sand and charcoal, Dine carefully works each canvas with an electric sander to achieve distinct and textured surfaces. A dominant configuration of related black shapes anchors the composition of each painting, which the artist explains “evokes a figurative image that was (and is) human, yet [is] visually concrete so that the black forms can be interpreted unconsciously as many things.”
The group of eight canvases makes its US debut at Richard Gray Gallery, having been shown in 2017 at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Championed by Accademia lecturer and architect Francesco Moschini, the paintings "tell us things that cannot be guessed at from even the most perfect of photographs…there is an order to the action and an astutely calibrated tension between the darker areas and those that are lighter in color.”
Jim Dine: The Black Paintings is the artist’s fourteenth solo exhibition with Richard Gray Gallery.