Welcome to the DinaWindArt website and to the world of Dina Wind. An artist, traveller, and civically-minded citizen of the world, Dina Wind believed in the power of art to transform lives, and this conviction shaped everything she did. Born in Haifa, Israel in 1938, Dina Wind, her husband Jerry, and sons John and Lee settled in Philadelphia in 1967. Over nearly 50 years until her death in 2014, she established herself as a prominent Philadelphia woman artist, interpreting abstract expressionism first as a painter and then quickly as a metal sculptor. Her heros included David Smith, Anthony Caro, and Hans Hoffman. While she appreciated their non-representational aesthetic, she also was conscious of the environmental statement made by the materials she chose–mostly discarded car parts, tools, and other metal scrap.
Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Dina Wind’s sculptures were made in series–most often in anticipation of biennial exhibitions at Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia and Veridian Gallery in New York, both artist collectives that she belonged to for nearly 20 years. In the 2000’s her work took a bold turn towards physically commanding, room-sized installations. One, Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2003/2015, is now permanently installed at URBN Urban Outfitter’s Philadelphia Navy Yard headquarters. There it inspires a new generation with its rough elegance and ‘green’ aesthetic of appropriation and recycling.
As our family began imagining the DinaWindArt website, we wanted to pay tribute to both Dina’s talent as an artist, and to her impact on the world around her. To that end you will see that the site is divided into sections focusing first on her work, and on the public collections she is represented by, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Then the Legacy section highlights the various initiatives created in Dina Wind’s name and memory at the organizations that she supported so passionately in her lifetime. In addition there is a biographical section (About Dina), and a news section with up-to-date information on exhibitions, publications, and other public activities.
We hope you will enjoy DinaWindArt and look forward to hearing from you with your comments, thoughts, questions and observations.
John Wind, on behalf of the whole Wind family