“In Opera Double Brooch, Wind drapes together different sizes and gauges of chains, and they decorate in the heraldic sense, playing with the idea of the wall sculpture as an ornament for the architectural space.”
From the museum’s press release: A new landmark sculpture has arrived at Woodmere! Woodmere Art Museum (Chestnut Hill PA) is proud to announce the installation of Spring & Triangle (2016) by Dina Wind (1938-2014). The 30-foot enlargement of a 3’ maquette from 1986 fulfills the late artist’s aspiration to realize her sculpture on a monumental public scale. Spring & Triangle is designed to interact with the mature trees and the natural environment of Woodmere’s historic landscape, and is sited on the museum’s front lawn.
Throughout the 1980’s and ‘90s Dina explored dynamic configurations of wall-mounted sculptures, often referencing schools of fish. She installed Zigzag fish in several ways, both as a vertical column and in a more scattered manner.
For her 1993 Nexus solo show, Dina explored low, wide horizontal compositions, which in addition to her signature car parts, often included elements evocative of tending the earth such as wagon wheels and even a tractor seat.
From Dina’s Brooch series, Jewel #4 is unique in that it also has a painted surface, and was intended for the outdoors. Working with Woodmere director William Valerio, she selected its location on the museum's exterior stone walls, where it has remained since.
“A dynamic conversation between a curious group of found objects, each of which retains its own identity within the larger drama….The mix of benign, poetical, and aggressive objects is so masterfully counterbalanced that there exists a sense of implied motion.” William R. Valerio, PhD
Dina’s Brooches are a whimsical reference to her son John’s actual found-object jewelry pieces of the same time. The difference, of course, is scale. Hers are brooches for buildings, though in a sense the function is similar—to adorn, to enhance, and to call attention to oneself…
Black Islands was first shown as an installation of three islands at Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia. At the time the West Collection acquired and exhibited one of the islands. The other two were reconfigured several times. After Dina’s death they were also accessioned by the West Collection, reuniting the complete body of work.
Originally created for a show at Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia in 2003, Hanging Gardens of Babylon then spent a decade as the centerpiece of Dina’s South Philadelphia studio. In 2015 the piece was accessioned by URBN Urban Outfitters, and was installed at their Navy Yard Headquarters.
Dina worked with stainless steel throughout her career, grinding surfaces to catch the light and playfully crushing, folding, and twisting the material as if it were fabric or paper. Thoroughbred began as one of her ‘drawings in space’, but upon completion the resemblance to a proud and fast horse was undeniable.
Lady was accessioned to the IDC sculpture garden following Dina’s death in 2014. It has become an unintended but apt portrait of the artist, now at home in the country of her birth, on the campus of a university to which she was deeply connected.
Dina and Jerry were involved with IDC Herzliya, Israel’s first private, international university since it’s inception in 1994 (Jerry is the cofounder). A sculpture garden features prominently throughout the campus, and includes 3 of Dina’s pieces. Sunrays was the first piece to be accessioned, in 1996.
In 2006, Dina created a body of paper reliefs that related closely to her room-sized metal installation, Black Islands [hyperlink]. She was exploring the three-dimensional possibilities of torn and rolled paper, looking to evoke the ‘gutsiness’ of metal in a new (and more forgiving) material. Additionally, inspired by Lee Krasner’s repurposing of older works in newer, collage-based ones, here Dina used her own works-on-paper from the early 1980’s as raw materials.
This acquisition is the first of Wind’s to enter into the PAFA collection. It is an important acquisition that represent PAFA‟s dedication to showcasing local Philadelphian artists as well as female artists.
The Tel Aviv Museum was introduced to Dina’s sculpture by director Suzanne Landau in 2017. The Museum selected Cowboy Hat Bust, 1996, one of Dina’s signature brooch-like hanging wall reliefs. The work had previously been exhibited at Nexus Gallery in 1996, and at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s Transformations Show in 2015. The idea that Israel’s premier contemporary art museum chose a work by an Israeli/American artist named for the iconic American Cowboy is amusing and worthy of note. American lore and iconography casts a long shadow—In this case from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv!
In 2018 Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ partnered with The Steward Johnson Atelier and the Dina Wind Art Foundation to enlarge Dina’s 1985 work to a monumental 26’ tall public sculpture. The Atelier fabricated the piece inside it’s airplane hanger-sized workshop, meticulously and creatively figuring out how to make 10x versions of what had been random bits of scrap metal. The glorious result was sited on a prominent lawn by the birch allée at the park, introducing many visitors to Dina’s complex and whimsical work for the first time.
First selected as the image accompanying the invitation to Dina Wind STAINLESS shown at the museum in 2018, Sundial was then accessioned to join the museum’s acclaimed permanent collection, notable in particular for sculpture.