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Talking About Aldo

Jim Dine's vivid, candid and detailed reminiscences about his friendship and working relationship with Aldo Crommelynck, the printer of Matisse and Picasso, over a period now of more than 30 years are full of affection, humour and layer upon layer of information. In conversations with the art historian Marco Livingstone, Dine, one of the greatest post-war American artists, charts the extent to which his experience of working with a man who was not only a great printer, but also a skilled draughtsman, an aesthete, dandy and bon viveur, coloured and enriched his experience of France on every level, from an appreciation of its art and culture, its city life and countryside, to its food and its specialist shops - especially those in which to find the best tools and musical instruments.Dine's ruminations take some unexpected but illuminating detours, even into the making of bespoke bicycles, that prove deeply revealing of the specific nature of his love for France and of his many debts to an esteemed colleague, fellow traveller and much loved friend.
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Jim Dine (born 1935) rose to prominence in the late 1950s and with his innovative performances, mixed-media assemblages, paintings and sculptures and was a key player in the first wave of Pop Art. Working prolifically in a wide variety of mediums, and particularly admired as one of the greatest draughtsmen and printmakers of his time, he has imprinted the character of his art and vision within every chosen sphere, whether it be in vigorous paintings, monumental sculptures or (more recently) in photographic form. Having exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museum retrospectives, in the USA, the Far East and throughout Europe, the many permutations of his most familiar motifs and themes - Valentine's hearts, robes and the Venus de Milo among others - have become instantly recognisable icons of contemporary art. Marco Livingstone (born 1952) is a leading authority on contemporary art, with a particular interest in Pop Art and figurative painting, on both of which areas he has published extensively. He has curated Pop Art exhibitions throughout the world as well as touring retrospectives of Patrick Caulfield, Duane Hanson, David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, Peter Phillips, Paula Rego, George Segal and Tom Wesselmann. His publications include extended catalogues for those exhibitions as well as monographs on Caulfield, Dine, Hockney, Jones, Kitaj and Duane Michals.

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