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Jim Dine: A Self-Portrait on the Walls
This remarkable documentary records eight days of intense work and quiet rumination as internationally renowned artist Jim Dine produces an exhibition of huge, bold charcoal drawings directly on the walls of the Ludwigsburg Kunstverein near Stuttgart, Germany. It is an unusual and transitory exhibition in that the drawings remain on the walls for only six weeks before being painted over.
The film admirably captures the artist's techniques, thought processes, and artistic philosophy as he works, and in his commentary Dine reflects on the special nature of such a transitory group of drawings.
Produced by Richard Stilwell for Outside in July, Inc. See also All About Looking for a fascinating documentary by the same producer showing Jim Dine teaching drawing.
"A superb film! Never obtrusive and never dull or repetitive, it caught the atmosphere and personality of the artist and made the audience feel part of the 'happening.' I could taste and smell the charcoal. It got the wit and the humor and was one of those rare occasions when you felt let into the creative process of the artist." -- Sanford Lieberson, Director, National School of Film and Television, England
"Captures the grueling intensity of this encounter between Man and Wall, and the haunting temporary works that resulted, darkly romantic drawings from Dine's cast of familiar icons: a raven, an owl, a tree, a skull." -- Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
"Engrossing... wearing a mask to filter out the charcoal dust, Dine attacks the walls with brooms, mops, a screwdriver, aerosol spray, hunks of bread -- even Pepsi, straight from the can. For him, it's exhausting; for the audience, exhilarating." -- Stuart Klawans, New York Daily News
- Academy Award nominee, Best Short Documentary, 1996
- Chicago Intl. Film Festival Gold Award
- Natl. Educational Film Festival Award
- CINE Golden Eagle Award
- Montreal Intl. Festival of Films on Art honoree
- National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) screening selection
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) screening selection