For his return to Galerie Daniel Templon since 2003, Jim Dine engages both spaces of the gallery with a spectacular exhibition around the figure of Pinocchio. The main gallery is devoted to a series of large scale painted wood sculptures while our new space Impasse Beaubourg serves as a showcase for new colorful etchings, inspired by the different episodes of Pinocchio’s adventures.
Since the sixties, Jim Dine has developed his own language, composed of hearts, Venuses, tools or robes. Since 2006, his iconography has expanded, adding the powerful and obsessive figure of Pinocchio. This character has served as the starting point for many creative experiments: imposing wooden totems, bronze miniatures, charcoal portraits, and large scale lithographs.
As a child, Jim Dine felt very close to the character of Pinocchio, a disobedient lying puppet who eventually becomes an affectionate and well-behaved little boy. Far from the enchanting image of the Walt Disney movie, Jim Dine returns to the original tale by Carlo Collodi and its psychological dimension. The artist questions the relationship between childhood and the work of involuntary artistic creation, as symbolized by the puppeteer Gepetto.
A pioneer of happenings in the sixties along with Claes Oldenburg, Alan Kaprow and John Cage, Jim Dine counts today as a major figure of American art. He first started showing in 1958 at Judson Gallery, New York, was later represented the prestigious gallery Ileana Sonnabend, and since the early eighties by Pace Gallery in New York. Jim Dine is well known for his eclectic mastery of many media such as oil painting, wood, lithography, photography, metal, and stone. For him, the tool and the process of creation are as crucial as the accomplished work itself.
The work of Jim Dine has been widely exhibited. Over the last few years he had shows at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (2003) ; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2004) ; SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln (2004) ; Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu (2007). His work is presented in many international collections, such as The Brooklyn Museum, New York ; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio ; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris ; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo ; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Israel Museum, Jerusalem ; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. ; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas ; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, California ; Moderna Musset, Stockholm.