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Press Release

Jim Dine
Recent Paintings
May 1 – 31, 2003


John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Jim Dine. This exhibition opens Thursday, May 1st and will continue through Saturday, May 31st, 2003 at 228 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA.


This new body of work includes a variety of long-established Dine subjects such as hearts and bathrobes. The media applied ranges from oil, acrylic, sand and charcoal on wood panel to oil and charcoal on aluminum. Using a method he mastered in the 1970's, Dine combines "found objects" such as pickaxes, saws, clippers, tree branches, and hammers among others with his images. The centerpiece of the show is a 14-foot long oil paining with five lush hearts.


Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1935. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School and went on to receive his B.F.A. in 1957 from Ohio University, Athens. Following graduate study at the University, Dine moved to New York City in 1958 where he was quickly embraced by the Pop Art community. He held his first solo exhibition in 1960 at the Judson Gallery. His work has since been the subject of nearly 200 solo shows, including three major museum retrospectives.


Jim Dine's work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States and abroad including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone-machi, Japan; the Tate Gallery, London, England; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.


Transparencies for reproduction available upon request.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, May 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.