New York

Jim Dine

The Pace Gallery | 508 W 25th Street

Jim Dine’s recent paintings move away from the ironies of Pop art; he has enlarged his robes (a recurrent theme) to monumental size and disencumbered the canvases of the physical objects he once attached to them. In his current series detail is slightly blurred while color recedes by steps into pale, consolatory shades even when it is bright. At the same time, Dine describes his robes more explicitly than he has in the past, and presses them close up against his picture planes as if to heroicize them. These robes stand in their frames as the robed phantom body might if he had his hands on his hips in a magisterial, challenging gesture. The significance of Dine’s recent work may become clear if we construct a kind of iconography for it.

While the bathrobe serves, like all clothing, to warm and conceal, it speaks implicitly of nakedness. One commonly wears it over no other clothing; it is

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