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Jim Dine
A smaller fortress - Jim Dine, hearts, contemporary, painting, american, pop art

1981

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Jim Dine (b.1937) A smaller fortress 1981 oil on board 91.5 x 122.2 cm signed, titled and dated ‘A smaller fortress Jim Dine 1981’ (on the verso) Price: £155,400 GBP (inc. 5% UK import VAT) Provenance: Private collection, Japan Sale: The Market Auction Inc. Japan, 25 October 2007, lot 113 Private collection, Hong Kong Notes: Though he never considered himself to be a part of the Pop Art movement, American artist Jim Dine has often exhibited among some of the greatest Pop artists of the 21st century including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. His use of brilliant, saturated colours and harsh black outlines to depict hearts, tools, cartoon characters and other symbols of personal significance recall Warhol's multi-coloured silkscreen prints of celebrities. Dine is also occasionally considered to have been a part of the Neo-Dada movement because of his use of collage and assemblage. Born on the 16th of June 1935, Dine received his BFA from the University of Ohio in 1957. Following his graduation, he moved to New York where he first earned the respect of the art world with his Happenings. The result of a collaboration with artists Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow, in conjunction with musician John Cage, the Happenings were chaotic performances that provided a stark contrast with the sombre mood of the expressionists popular in the New York art world at the time. In 1962 Dine's work was included in the historically significant and ground-breaking New Painting of Common Objects exhibition curated by Walter Hopps at the Norton Simon Museum alongside Wayne Thiebaud and Ed Ruscha. This exhibition is considered one of the first Pop Art exhibitions in America. These painters started a movement during a time of social unrest that shocked America and the art world. The Pop Art movement fundamentally altered the nature of modern art. In the early 1960s, Dine began attaching objects like paint cans, paint brushes, screwdrivers, and other tools of autobiographical significance, to his canvases. These provided commercial as well as critical success, but left Dine unsatisfied. In September 1966, the police raided an exhibition of his work displayed at Robert Fraser Gallery in London. Twenty of his works were seized. Under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959, Dine's work was found to be indecent, but not obscene, and Fraser was fined 20 guineas. The following year Dine moved to London and continued to be represented by Fraser, spending the next four years developing his art there. Returning to the United States in 1971, he focused on several series of drawings. From 1976, Dine was represented by The Pace Gallery. In the 1980s, sculpture resumed a prominent place in his art. Since then there has been an apparent shift in the subject of his art from man-made objects to nature. Dine's work is part of numerous public collections including the British Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, the Museum of Modern Art NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern. Categories: A smaller fortress, Jim Dine, hearts, contemporary, painting, american, pop art, oil painting, painting, design, decorative, heart, authentic, original, impasto, abstract, neo-dada, orange, red, blue, green, colours, colors, colorful, colourful, expressionist, expressionism, new york, walla walla

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  • Creator
    Jim Dine (1935, American)
  • Creation Year
    1981
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36.03 in. (91.5 cm)Width: 48.12 in. (122.2 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
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    1stDibs: LU141427343752

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About the Artist

Jim Dine

The Ohio-born artist Jim Dine brought his ever-shifting, multidisciplinary vision to New York in 1958, a time of transition in the American art world. Abstract Expressionism, which had dominated the scene for years, was on the wane, and a group of young artists, including Dine, Allan Kaprow, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, was eager to replace it with a movement that flipped the traditional rules of art-making on their head.

Beyond dissolving the boundaries between mediums and genres, attaching found objects and detritus to their canvases, these revolutionaries began staging performative “happenings” in public spaces, redefining the very definition of a work of art. As Pop art took form, Dine used objects with personal significance, like his paintbrushes, to transform his paintings into two-dimensional sculptures. He was included in the Norton Simon Museum’s 1962 “New Painting of Objects,” often considered the first true Pop art exhibition in America, but he remained a chameleon, constantly changing his style, material and technique.

More than his contemporaries, Dine has forged new paths in drawing, scrawling words and names across the canvas to create graphic, abstract landscapes. He is obsessed by certain motifs — such as hearts and his own bathrobe — which recur in various forms throughout his oeuvre. He has occasionally worked in classical genres, such as portraiture, as exemplified by the 1980 aquatint Nancy Outside in July. He has also co-opted the bold, graphic vocabulary of advertising and commercials, as in the sleek 2010 composition Gay Laughter at the Wake.

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