Sunday, October 24, 1999

Dine art adorns Cincinnati homes

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bathrobes, hearts, rainbows and other recognizable objects in the paintings and prints of Jim Dine can be seen on the walls of dozens of Cincinnati homes.

        A painting of two sea shells on a field of red and yellow is a favorite piece in the collection of Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan.

        “I didn't buy it because it was a Dine,” Dr. Kaplan says. “I was at Pace Gallery in New York and I was going through a storage room and I saw this painting leaning against some boxes.

        “I liked it and found out that it was by Jim Dine. I thought that Mickey would like it, so I had it sent to Cincinnati for her to see. We bought it and we've loved it ever since.”

        Dr. Kaplan says the artist did visit their home to see it and “was pleased to know that it was in our collection.”

        “I asked him what he was thinking about when he did it. He said "Two shells.' ”

        Lawsie Coler and her husband, Michael, have half a set of hearts.

        “My husband bought the set of four with his sister 18 years ago, both because they were by Jim Dine and because they were beautiful. His sister has two of the prints in her home in Washington, D.C., and we have the other two in our bedroom. We still love them,” she says.

        Daniel Brown, publisher of Cincinnati's Blue Book, has an early print of a rainbow.

        “I saw the print at the old Flair Gallery on Fourth Street,” he says.

        “The Dine was my first major art purchase, some time in the late 1960s. It was $150 and that was a fortune for me then, and I paid it off in three monthly payments.

        “It made me smile when I saw it,” Mr. Brown says. “All of the metaphors came into play, end of the rainbow, over the rainbow, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was almost a fantasy picture. It was a very personal picture.

        “By the '90s, the same emotions weren't coming through to me any more, and whenever that happens it's time to give it away, so I gave it to the Cincinnati Art Museum, so that other people could enjoy it.”

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