NIGHT FIELDS, DAY FIELDS
Title: NIGHT FIELDS, DAY FIELDS
Artist: Jim Dine, 1935, United States
Medium: Waterborne enamel on bronze
Edition: Number 4 from an edition of 6 plus 3 artist’s proofs
Dimensions: (H x W x D) 198.1 x 134.6 x 91.4 cm (78 x 53 x 36 inches)
Location: 745 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Hailed as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement, Jim Dine has frequently referenced the Venus de Milo, making it one of his most iconic and repeated subjects. NIGHT FIELDS, DAY FIELDS is a vibrant reinterpretation of the classic Greek goddess, one of the most immediately recognizable figures in Western art and one of the most definitive forms of feminine beauty.
NIGHT FIELDS, DAY FIELDS offers many layers of interpretation. Are the twin figures lovers? Is this a backlash to the historic standards of feminine beauty? Is it about gender identity or the faceless anonymity of contemporary urban existence?
“I’m devoted to the ideal of woman, as a figure of enchantment…When I went to the art supply store…and got a Venus de Milo figure…I was not responding to it as an object of Pop Art, or popular culture. I saw it as a timeless classical figure which held the memory of its magnificence…But then I knocked the head off of it and made it mine.”
– Jim Dine