Modernist architect Gene Summers first met artist Jim Dine in Chicago while working in the office of Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s and 1960s. During this time, Summers began building his personal art collection and the two developed a close friendship. Dine’s art became a passion and influenced many of Summers' projects.

Wright is proud to present a special exhibition of Gene Summers’ designs in conversation with Jim Dine’s artworks. Comprised of thirty-eight works, this exhibition on view in New York includes select artworks by Jim Dine from the collection of Gene Summers, several wall-mounted bronze reliefs by Dine commissioned by Summers for the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, and finally Summers’ own design work.

From art to life, Jim Dine and Gene Summers made a significant impact on one another. Join us in New York for a celebration of the exceptional commission and friendship shared between two creative minds. 

Jim Dine & Gene Summers: A Dialogue
18 – 23 November 2019
10 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday
507 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

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.

Interior view of Bernard's Restaurant, Biltmore Hotel, 1974–1985, Photo: Bill Hedrich (Werner Blaser)

Works by Jim Dine
from the Collection of Gene Summers

In Bronze: Selections from the Gene Summers Collection

The design work of Gene Summers offers a new and fresh perspective on functional design. Made only in limited edition, the Gene Summers Collection is available exclusively through Wright.

Jim Dine & Gene Summers: A Dialogue

507 West 27th Street

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Exhibition / New York
18 – 23 November 2019
10 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday