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Jim Dine

Pacific Gift (for James Kirsch)

Artist

Jim Dine
Born in Cincinnati in 1935

Title

Pacific Gift (for James Kirsch)

Date

1985

Materials

Mixed media on canvas, gravel and asphalt aggregate, bolts

Dimensions

200.7 x 200.7 cm

Credits

Gift of Blema and Arnold Steinberg in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2011.52

Collection

International Contemporary Art

Dine is a painter, sculptor, draftsman, printmaker, performance artist and photographer. His work features a number of recurring motifs: trees, tools, dressing gowns, hearts, fences, artist’s palettes, the Venus de Milo that, while imbued with personal significance, provide the ground for his aesthetic explorations. In a series of paintings executed in 1984-1985, which includesPacific Gift, Dine uses images of hands and skulls. Of the latter, he has said, “The skull came from a conversation with a friend in Paris. She confided in me that she and her husband had visited a ‘channel,’ a medium who assumed the voice of a person from another world. This gave me the idea of a skull, not as a dead person but as a vehicle for the voice coming out. I saw it as the bare bones of me: a self-portrait, not as a tête de mort but as a real person. The palm of a hand with partially bound fingers is here represented flanked by two skulls. The artist has attached a piece of asphalt to the wrist. The painting is dedicated to James Kirsch, a correspondent of Carl Gustav Jung’s who was Dine’s psychoanalyst at the time.

© Jim Dine / SOCAN (2020)

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