Charcoal, acrylic, and spray paint on paper
38 x 30in (96.5 x 76.2cm)
Gift of the artist
Opera by Richard Strauss. Produced by Houston Grand Opera, 1987.
Visual artists who also work in theatre are at the heart of the McNay’s Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. Like designs by his contemporaries Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana, Jim Dine’s designs for Salome connect the theatre arts with the McNay’s other collections. For Richard Strauss’ opera, Dine designed projections as well as costumes and scenery. Monumental images of isolated objects, the projections echo imagery from the artist’s paintings, prints and drawings, and sculpture. The heart, hand, torso, fish, seashell, and other motifs also underscore the meaning of the opera, based on the New Testament story of King Herod, his stepdaughter Salome, and the prophet John the Baptist.
© Jim Dine/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Jim Dine (American, b.1935)