Jim Dine

Jim Dine, The “Pinocchio Paintings”

Forty years ago, Jim Dine acquired an effigy of Pinocchio that evoked in him some of the emotion he felt upon seeing the Walt Disney film as a child. The figure of the marionette that becomes a boy did not turn up in Dine’s own work until more than 30 years later, and in those paintings and drawings it was a stand-in for the artist himself, communicating some of Dine’s own youthful terror.

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