The dramatic sculptural assemblages of Wind (1938-2014) make use of ordinary, yet unexpected materials that coalesce into abstract compositions of color, form and texture.
But Dina Wind: Stainless 1981-1994, showcases a collection of sculptures in which the artist used only stainless steel, rather than her typical use of slashed tires and twisted fenders, rusty tools and broken household objects.
The exhibition runs Jan. 28 to May 12 at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art on the Ursinus College campus. The work will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue containing an essay by Judith Stein, a Philadelphia-based art historian, curator and writer. A special opening reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berman Museum.
“The Berman is pleased to present a survey of Wind’s stainless steel work,” says Charles Stainback, director of the Berman Museum. “This exhibition continues our tradition of not only exhibiting international artists, but regional artists as well.”
Wind’s works seem to come together intuitively, welded together from disparate forms. But the found objects that make up the work do not lose their connection to their original meaning and individual identities. They retain significant links to their histories as tools of action and motion. The implied animation of such objects gives Wind’s sculptures a sense of pent-up energy and wry humor, recalling the long tradition of still-life painting alongside expressionistic abstraction.
Wind earned her bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel), master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in art appreciation from the Barnes Foundation. She came to the United States in 1963. Her metal sculpture work has been described as “drawing in space.” Instead of a brush and canvas, she worked with cast-off materials such as abandoned car parts, industrial cut outs, pewter kitchenware and discarded tools.
She had numerous solo exhibitions in the Philadelphia area and in New York and was a longtime member of both Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia and Veridian Gallery in New York. Wind’s work has been acquired by international collections such as Fields Associates (Tokyo, Japan) and the Interdisciplinary Center (Herzlia, Israel), as well as national collections including the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia and the West Collection, SEI in Oaks, Pa. Her work is also included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
The estate of Dina Wind is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
The Berman Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Admission is free. –By Ed Moorhouse