Arts Jim Dine to Talk at SAM
posted by October 30 at 10:30 AMon
Two particularly juicy works from the 1960s await in the prominent Pop display that introduces the galleries of the new Seattle Art Museum: Jim Dine’s Vise and Window with Ax and Objects.
In Vise, a monochrome white canvas is stabbed by a steel tube stuck in a clamp on a table in front of the painting.
In Window, a black window is hacked at by an ax. Tools have been Dine’s language for years; as a midwestern kid, he worked in the hardware stores of his family.
Clumped in with the Pop artists, Dine has said of himself that he’s too “subjective” for Pop. He’ll say more about himself on Wednesday Nov. 28 at 7 pm at the museum, when he’ll talk to SAM mod & contemporary curator Michael Darling.
Dine has a strong connection to SAM; he spends most of his time in New York but has lived in Washington state and worked extensively with the Walla Walla Foundry. Two Dine works have been in SAM’s collection for more than three decades: Rainbow Faucet (a 1966 painting) and Untitled (a 1973 lithograph). Six more pieces were promised in honor of SAM’s 75th anniversary this year, four from the Wrights and two from the artist himself.
(The fine print, from the press release, says this thing is docent-driven: “This lecture is presented in memory of former docent Elizabeth Hambleton. Hambleton was a long-time docent of the museum until she passed away a couple years ago. Hambletonís husband donated to the docent fund in her memory in order to make this lecture possible. Current SAM docents are also contributing additional funds to support the lecture and reception that will follow.”)