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Jim Dine: Drawing from the Glyptothek.

Published in conjunction with an exhibit organized by the Madison, Wisconsin, Art Center (and travelling to Cincinnati, Oct. 23, 1993-Jan. 2, 1994; Honolulu, Apr. 26-June 19, 1994; Montreal, July 16-Sept. 11, 1994; and Miami, Oct. 8-Dec. 31, 1994), this book demonstrates the power of inspired drawing to bring life to inanimate objects. Dine visited Munich, Germany, intending to study the paintings in the famed Pinakothek, but was most taken with the Greek and Roman sculptures in the Glyptothek, one of the few museums in the world devoted to the exhibition of antiquities. He returned with paper and drawing media on numerous occasions, not to create renderings that look like stone, but to imbue the sculptures with a new life of their own. Three brief and insightful essays are prelude to seventy-four color plates and twenty-four black-and-white illustrations, including a lavish color gatefold that opens out to a span of more than five feet to showcase his multipart, Seven Views of the Hermaphrodite. A rare combination of classical form and contemporary drawing by one of America's pre-eminent artists, this book is highly recommended for personal collections and school resource shelves.
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Publication:School Arts
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Date:Sep 1, 1993
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