Jim Dine's Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets): A Documentary

In 2008, artist Jim Dine created an installation for the Museum at the Getty Villa. The first contemporary art project at the Villa, the work presents new sculpture and poetry by Dine inspired by ancient objects in the Museum's collection. Two ancient Greek statuettes of dancing women, are magnified in Dine's four eight-foot-high painted wood female figures. Their arrangement around a seven-foot-high self-portrait head echoes the sculptural group Poet as Orpheus with Two Sirens. The artist's highly personal vision finds further expression in a poem drawn on the walls, with its Orphic themes of travel, loss, and the possibilities of art. Dine describes his creative process in this documentary.

This film was made possible by the generous support of the J. Paul Getty Museum Villa Council

Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets)
Courtesy of the artist
Art © 2008 Jim Dine/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum
in conjunction with Hillman Curtis Films
© 2008 J. Paul Getty Trust