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Art and Architecture: Artifex Press - Jim Dine, David Grosz, Sara Davidson - Sculpture, 1983-2012
FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Artifex Press the first company dedicated to the production of digital catalogues raisonnés, celebrates the release of Jim Dine: Sculpture, 1983-2012, a searchable, sortable interactive web publication detailing the artist’s entire three-dimensional output for the past three decades — more than 300 original works, and nearly 1000 casts in total. This event features a demonstration of the Artifex Press digital catalogue raisonné platform, followed by a discussion with Jim Dine; Sara Davidson, editor of the Jim Dine Catalogue Raisonné; and David Grosz, Editor in Chief of Artifex Press.
Artifex Press is the first company dedicated to the production of digital catalogues raisonnés. Artifex Press is currently working with 11 artists/estates, and its first four catalogues are for Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Sol LeWitt, and Agnes Martin. Artifex Press has also developed a proprietary, patent-pending software platform that can be used for further catalogues as well as inventory management.
Jim Dine is a multitalented, prolific artist whose painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, performance, and poetry have been the subject of hundreds of museum exhibitions worldwide over the past five decades. Dine entered the New York art scene in the late 1950s, creating and staging many of the first Happenings alongside artists Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. For over five decades, Dine has explored ordinary objects and motifs such as hearts, skulls, and robes, in his exploration of body, memory, and self. Dine has been the subject of nine major surveys and retrospectives since 1970, including Jim Dine, Some Drawings, organized by the Allen Memorial Art Museum (2005–2007); Drawings of Jim Dine, a major traveling retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2004); Jim Dine: Walking Memory 1959–1969, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (1999); Jim Dine, Isetan Museum, Tokyo (1990–91); Jim Dine: Five Themes, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1984–85); and Jim Dine, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (1970). In 2011, the artist’s first major retrospective devoted to sculpture opened at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It subsequently traveled to the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, Ohio as Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints and to Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York as Sculpture/Jim Dine/Pinocchio in 2012.
David Grosz is Managing Partner/Editor in Chief of Artifex Press, a publisher of digital catalogues raisonnés and a developer of catalogue raisonné software (patent-pending). Artifex Press is currently working with 11 artists/estates, including Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Sol LeWitt, and Agnes Martin, and is also in discussions with several more. The Beta site, with the first catalogues, is expected to launch later this year. Grosz was previously Editor in Chief of Artinfo.com, a catalogue editor at the Guggenheim Museum, and Managing/Literary Editor at Grand Street. In 2011, he was a columnist for Sotheby's magazine, writing on art and technology, and from 2005 to 2007, he was an art critic for the New York Sun. His writing has also appeared in several other publications, including Slate, Modern Painters, the New Republic Online, Art News, the New Criterion, and the Forward.
Sara Davidson is the editor of Jim Dine’s catalogue raisonné of sculpture. In the past year she has contributed essays to Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography in Context, 1950s-Present, published by Charta in association with an exhibition at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College. Sara has previously held positions as a cataloguer in the contemporary art department at Phillips de Pury & Company and as Director of Marvelli Gallery in New York.