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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Monumental Mixed Media Drawing by Jim Dine

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Our paper conservator has been examining recently acquired drawings, including this monumental mixed media drawing by Jim Dine (American, b. 1935).  Measuring almost 4’ x 6’, The Crommelynk Gate (Boston I), 1984, is one in a series of drawings, paintings and prints produced in the early 1980s that depicts the iron gate in front of Atelier Crommelynck in Paris where Dine collaborated with Aldo Crommelynck on more than 100 prints.  In this detail of the drawing, layers of different types of paints are combined to produce a complex surface with glossy drips, matte spatters, brushstrokes, and black marks made with the artist’s fingers.  Torn corners have been replaced by the artist with coarse sand paper.  He has scraped and gouged the surface to reveal the white paper.  The energetically worked drawing is much different than Dine’s earlier painting, Red Bandana, an oil on canvas from 1961 now on display in G 124.