Jim Dine

Jim Dine (b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio) grew up in his family’s hardware store, where he gained a deep interest in the power of ordinary objects. That experience can be seen throughout his vast body of work that includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and poetry. After studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, and receiving his BFA from Ohio University in 1957, Dine moved to New York and immediately became part of the avant-garde art scene. At the time, many other Pop artists were responding to the broader culture with deadpan popular imagery. Instead, Dine created a unique style, electing to combine elements from popular culture with personal content. Allowing personal connections to guide his work, he creates images representing his inner self and artistic persona. Eventually, variants of these images, including hearts, skulls, bathrobes, and tools, became iconic in his art as they became blatantly self-referential. Dine’s artwork has represented the cutting-edge of contemporary artistic thought for over sixty years and is viewed as crucial to the Neo-Dada and Neo-Expressionism movements. His work has been the subject of over 300 solo exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Walker Art Center, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and Museum Folkwang in Essen. His work is held in the collections of significant institutions around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, National Gallery of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery. Jim Dine lives and works in Walla Walla, Washington, and Paris, France.

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