7 Nov → 23 Jan 2021
From Tue to Sat, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Closed Sun & Mon
It is in the new Wilmottian space of the Templon gallery that Jim Dine unveils his latest paintings, the result of three long years of work. The 6 monumental paintings exhibited for the occasion were created this year and partly during the confinement in the artist's Parisian studio. Their bright colours will put balm in your heart! Jim Dine, a great figure of American contemporary art, is generally associated with pop art. Here, we discover large canvases where paint, sand or charcoal and old tools are superimposed. These are tools found in his grandfather's hardware store. For the artist, the tools allow him to express himself fully. Critic John Yau explains the addition of tools in Jim Dine's practice as a need to make painting more complex. From his art emanates an impression of freedom and spontaneity. John Yau thus places these works between abstract expressionism and happenings, of which Jim Dine was one of the pioneers in the 1950s. The novelty of this series is the bronze and aluminium masks on some of the canvases. Are these mysterious faces small self-portraits? At the age of 85, the American artist (at last) delivers (at last) a work that is more introspective than ever.