Jim Dine


Born in Cincinnati in 1935, Jim Dine studied at the Boston School of Fine and Applied Arts in Boston before receiving his BFA from Ohio University in 1957. In 1959 he moved to New York, where his collaboration with artists Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow on the “Happenings” first earned him acclaim in the art world. This series of chaotic performance art pieces proved to be a stark contrast to the more somber expressionists in the New York art scene at the time. In 1962, Dine’s work was included in the historically groundbreaking exhibition New Painting and Common Objects at the Norton Simon Museum. Generally regarded as one of the first Pop Art shows in America, this exhibit brought together artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Thiebaud, in a movement that shocked the country and had a substantial impact on modern art.

In contrast to the traditionally impersonal nature of pop art, Dine’s work fused personal passions and everyday experiences. His repeated use of familiar and personally significant objects, such as a robe, hands, tools, and hearts, is a signature of his art. The human body conveyed through anatomical fragments and suggested by items of clothing and other objects, has emerged as one of Dine’s most urgent subjects.  Later in his career, Dine began creating sculptural pieces in the same vein as his passionately abstract paintings. His work ultimately comments on themes concerning the artist as a creative but solitary individual, presenting stand-ins for himself and the emotions behind his art.

July 1 - October 30, 2015
Heather James Fine Art
July - September 2015
Heather James Fine Art - Jackson, WY
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