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Jim Dine

Jim Dine

*  1935 Cincinnati, Ohio

Jim Dine is regarded one of the most versatile and important representatives of U.S. post-war art in a Pop Art environment. Additionally, he is a precursor of Neo-expressionism.
Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati/Ohio in 1935. While he was still attending high school, Jim Dine took night classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Afterwards he studied at the University of Cincinnati, the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts and at the Ohio University in Athens between 1953 and 1957. He completed the latter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1957.
In 1958, a year after he had married Nancy Minto, Jim Dine moved to New York, where Abstract Expressionism was the dominating tendency - Jim Dine, however, was active as performance artist and made installations and environments. Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg were among Jim Dine's companions in those years.
Jim Dine soon made a name for himself as an artist and had several guest lectures in the first half of the 1960s. In 1964 he showed his works at the Venice Biennale.
In those days Jim Dine was particularly fond of Pop Art, he especially liked the tendency's English variant so much that he even lived in London between 1967 and 1971. For his works from the 1960s he fastened common objects such as tools or clothes onto the canvas. He also made objects and environments, however, his fame was mostly owed to his hand drawings and graphic works. Many motifs – such as the Venus de Milo or the heart – often reappear as leitmotifs in Jim Dine's gaudy works.
The importance of Jim Dine's art can be measured by the amount of his solo shows. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York showed a large retrospective as early as in 1970, in 1978 the Museum of Modern Art organized an exhibition of his body of graphic works. Other retrospectives took place at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1984/85, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1999, and in 2004 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Jim Dine lives and works in New York, Paris and in Walla Walla/Washington.