In over four decades, American artist Jim Dine has adopted an impressive range of media—painting, performance, drawing, poetry, printmaking, book design, sculpture, photography, and more. He is among America’s greatest living draftsmen, and his images of tools, large-scale nudes, self-portraits, and studies from nature and after antiquity are among the most beautiful and accomplished drawings of our time. In 1962 Dine’s work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Edward Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud, in the historically important and ground-breaking New Painting of Common Objects, curated by Walter Hopps at the Norton Simon Museum. This exhibition is historically considered one of the first ‘Pop Art’ exhibitions in America. These painters started a movement, in a time of social unrest, which shocked America and the Art world and changed modern Art forever, ‘Pop Art’. “Pop is concerned with exteriors,” the artist stated in 1966. “I’m concerned with interiors.” Through a restricted choice of subjects, which continue to be reinvented in various guises—tools, hearts, trees, birds, among others—Dine presents compelling stand-ins for himself and enigmatic metaphors for his art. Since the last major survey of Dine’s drawings over fifteen years ago, the medium has served as an indispensable component of his creative endeavor, in many ways representing the essence of his artistic achievement.
Jim Dine was born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dine received a B.F.A. in 1957 from Ohio University and enrolled in its graduate program the following year. He achieved his first public notice in 1960 when he presented The House in conjunction with Claes Oldenburg’s The Street, as well as four brief Happenings at the Judson and Reuben Galleries in lower Manhattan. Selected solo exhibitions of Dine have been held at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Culturel Américain in Paris and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London. Dine’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Carnegie Institute, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London and the Stedelijk Museum, the Netherlands. Dine has been represented by the Pace Gallery, New York since 1976.
Dine lives and works in New York and Washington, Connecticut.