Jim Dine 1935 –

I’ve never had an easy relationship with critics. I hold a lot of homicide in my heart. If this was another time, I’d be packing a piece. – Jim Dine

At age 87, Jim Dine is still an artist’s artist.  Actually, he’s a rebel artist’s rebel artist. In the early 1960s, he challenged the solemnity and privilege of Abstract Expressionist artists. Dine is credited with creating some of  the first Happenings that led to Performance Art.

He drawings, lithographs, woodcuts, paintings and sculptures are beautifully rendered.  Most recently, Dine has been writing poetry and taking photographs.

His subjects, which he repeats in a variety of colors and medium, are very personal; his tools, bathrobe, hearts. He has also done many versions of Pinocchio, a story that intrigued him when he was a child. “Trying to birth this puppet into life is a great story.” he said. “It is the story of how you make art”

Dine’s work was included in the 1962 New Painting of Common Objects exhibit at the Pasadena Art Museum. This important show included  works by Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Ruscha and Andy Warhol. The exhibit introduced the public to Pop Art, a label that Dine has not embraced.

“I would have been quite pleased to have been a Pop artist,” Dine said. “I was very involved with Pop Art and with those guys. But let’s face it, I wasn’t one. I used some popular imagery, objects more than anything else. But I wasn’t glorifying consumerism. Nothing like that.”

An exhibit of Jim Dine’s work is currently on display at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jim Dine Exhibition: Vocabulary of Metaphors looks at the more than 60-year career of one of America’s finest artists. The show runs through October 23, 2022.

One of Dine’s sculptures, Night Fields, Day Fields, 1999,  will be featured at Phillips, New York first live auction of the season at the end of September. The work is estimated to garner $150,000 – 200,000.

His work is also a part of  New York: 1962–1964, an exhibit at the Jewish Museum that explores the three-year period that saw dynamic, historic cultural changes in the city and the world. The exhibit will be on display through January 8, 2023.

Jim Dine’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Tate Modern, the Met, MoMA. the Whitney, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and many other major venues around the world.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Jim Dine, or any of the other fine art available at VFA.


References:
Sierra Tufts. Jim Dine exhibition set to open at University of Saint Francis. wane.com/ . August 13, 2022.
USF to feature renowned artist Jim Dine in upcoming events. University of Saint Francis/University News. August 8, 2022.
Phillips’ New Now Sale Features Dynamic Works Spanning Emerging and Established Artists. Artful Daily. September 12, 2022.
The Jewish Museum Examines a Pivotal Period for Art and Culture in New York: 1962–1964. Jewish Museum. September 9, 2022.