Jim Dine


Jim Dine Biography

Jim Dine is an unusually prolific American artist, whose œuvre spans the media of painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, performance, illustrated books, and set design.  After studying at the Cincinnati Arts Academy, the Boston Museum School, and Ohio University (BFA, 1957), he moved to New York where he eventually became involved, along with Claes Oldenburg and others, in organizing “Happenings,” or makeshift events that took place in chaotic environments designed by the artists.  From that experience he moved to assemblages, or three-dimensional collages made from objets trouvés, and then eventually settled into a large set of recurring images of everyday objects which he incorporates into paintings, drawings, prints, books, and sculptures. 

Dine does not fit neatly into any post-war or contemporary category.  His early performance work has elements of conceptualism and his use of everyday articles of life hints at pop art, but he has never been fully committed to either movement.  He has been considered by some to be a forerunner of figurative and neo-expressionist trends. 

Success came early after his move to New York, and his first one man show took place the Reuben Gallery in 1960.  Only ten years later he had his first major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  He is currently in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Art – Boston, and the Whitney, among many others.