|Peace, 14" X 17" (or so), 1981, inquire here for print info.|
These are a couple of the pieces that Jim Dine's paintbrushes inspired. Dine's prints hit me hard as I strolled through the exhibit at the BMA--it was as if these pieces were giving me special permission to sally forth from this hallowed ground, young man, and draw for your life.
I even wrote a letter once thanking him, that these pieces inspired a whole illustration career, but it sounded so stupid that I filed it away in case I would grow the cahonies to mail it one day. So recently, I wanted to find his website, thinking I could shlep him an email, and found a list of several hundred art museums all over the world, all distinguished institutions in their own right, and dozens of galleries in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, you name it, the kind of places that proudly give people like me the bum's rush, and anyway I thought, "Crap". He's way beyond the internet websites, blogging and my stupid little thank you sentiment.
And then I came across a Youtube of him being interviewed at the BMA, so I watched it with glee and there he was, my hero, the little bald headed old man, telling the interviewer that his work looked like hell out of the cheapo slide projector they were using--this is Baltimore (The Big Bananna), after all. Laughed my ass off.
Well, so here I sit all these years later offering my sincere thanks to you Mr. Dine, sir, I really liked your hairy paint brushes. There, I said it. Still can't sleep.