Although often associated with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Jim Dine did not identify with a specific movement, and produced a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, poetry, and performances. Emerging as a pioneer of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s, Dine would carry the spontaneous energy of this movement throughout his style, which emphasized the exploration of everyday life. Personally significant objects were Dine’s primary motifs, as in his iconic series of hearts and robes. “The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it’s charged with and how much subject matter is there,” he once said.
American, b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, Paris and Walla Walla, Washington