Commission for the Biltmore Hotel
In 1976, Gene Summers and business partner Phyllis Lambert began the first restoration of the Los Angeles Biltmore. They commissioned Jim Dine to create new works for the historic hotel from carpets and mirrors to artworks and lamps. In 1982, Dine created the unique collection of wall-mounted bronze reliefs for the Biltmore.
In the early 1980s, Summers had also arranged for Dine to teach a class at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Dine created the bronzes at the school’s foundry and they were exhibited at the hotel’s restaurant, Bernard’s. The artist incorporated tools and materials found at the Biltmore during renovations into the bronzes themselves to create the resulting series of unique works.
...Phyllis and I decided that it would be good to incorporate art with the building…both of us knew an artist by the name of Jim Dine...Each individual guest room had as many as…a minimum of six…pieces of artwork by Jim Dine.