Jim Dine’s vivid, candid and detailed reminiscences about his friendship and working relationship with Aldo Crommelynck, the printer of Matisse and Picasso, over a period now of more than 30 years are full of affection, humour and layer upon layer of information.
In conversations with Marco Livingstone, Dine charts the extent to which his experience of working with Aldo, a man who was not only a great printer, but also a skilled draughtsman, enriched his experience of France on every level, from an appreciation of its art and culture, its city life and countryside, to its food and its specialist shops. Dine’s ruminations take some unexpected but illuminating detours, even into the making of bespoke bicycles, that prove deeply revealing of the specific nature of his love for France and of his many debts to an esteemed colleague, fellow traveller and much loved friend.
This slipcased de luxe edition consists of 75 numbered copies. Each copy is accompanied by a signed original etching by Jim Dine entitled Aldo Crommelynck Now. Printed in New York on 300gsm Hahnemühle copperplate warm white paper, the etching measures 355 x 300 mm.