In the very south of Manhattan, New York, in Battery Park, there is a touching sculpture – a cat and a monkey dancing in an embrace. The song’s title in English is “Ape & Cat (at the Dance)” by Jim Dine. Some sources indicate 1993 as the date of its creation, but the plaque next to the sculpture clearly indicates 1996.
Jim Dine is one of the creators of American pop art. Graduated from the University of Cincinnati, in 1957 received an MA from Ohio University (Columbus), studied at the Boston School of Fine Arts. Since 1959 (with short breaks for “creative business trips”) he has been working in New York.
His works are in the collections of New York’s Metropolitan, Modern Art, Guggenheim and Whitney museums, the British Museum and the Tate Gallery in London, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, the Pompidou Center in Paris, etc. According to ArtFacts.net, he is included in the top 100 artists of the XX-XXI centuries.
“Cat and Monkey” is not the only work by Dyne, presented in New York. For example, at the Lyon Credit skyscraper between the 52nd and 53rd streets there are several sculptures under the general name “Looking Toward The Avenue”, one of which looks very much like the famous Venus de Milo.