Jim Dine
Walking Dream with Four Foot Clamp 1965

Artwork details

Jim Dine born 1935
Walking Dream with Four Foot Clamp
Date 1965
Medium Oil paint, charcoal and steel on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 2743 x 29 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Jim Dine born 1935

T00761 Walking Dream with a Four Foot Clamp 1965

Inscribed on reverse of each section 'Walking Dream with a 4 foot Clamp | Jim Dine 1965', and on the middle section also 'N.Y.C.', together with instructions for assembly
Oil and charcoal on canvas, with steel clamp and spanner, in three sections each 60 x 36 (152.5 x 91.5), the centre panel projecting 1 (2.5); overall dimensions 60 x 108 x 1 1/8 (152.5 x 274.5 x 3)
Purchased from the artist through the Robert Fraser Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1965
Exh: Jim Dine: Recent Paintings, Robert Fraser Gallery, London, June-July 1965 (12, repr.); Jim Dine, Whitney Museum, New York, February-April 1970 (79, repr.)
Repr: Studio, CLXX, 1965, p.81; Architectural Review, CXXXVIII, 1965, p.202

The artist wrote (1 November 1965) that this picture 'was painted in February of 1965 when I had a temporary studio at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC. It along with the Janis picture called "Moving Girls and Dreams" were part of the group ... shown at Fraser's and were what I was feeling about at the time. It would be rather like "short changing" myself if I didn't use or not use everything that is available to me to make a picture, in this case dreams.' The pictures in this group are thinly painted - almost drawn - and the objects attached to them, often clothes, are not painted. Several have an English reference and most, like T00761, have a grey background and feature the outline of an electric light fitting which hung over Dine's bed. Girl's legs and feet (this was the period of the mini-skirt and stiletto heels) are the main motif of at least two further pictures: '16 Foot Line' and 'Moving Girls and Dreams' (Recent Work by Arman, Dine, Fahlstrom ..., Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, May 1965, nos.5 and 6 repr.), and appear in other related pictures and drawings. In addition, there are several sculptures of 1965 on the theme of boots, such as 'Leg walking through' (I and II) and 'Large Boot lying down.'

Dine's Happening 'Natural History (Dreams)' performed in New York in April 1965 was also concerned with dreams and free-association.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.173-4, reproduced p.173

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