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Jim Dine

American  •  b. 1935

Biography

There's a considerable chance that any given piece of art with a heart has been made by Jim Dine. The artist has been prolific in his 60-plus years of producing works, from large-scale Pop-inflected paintings to emotive and lush collaged works-on-paper. Even while working within a childlike vocabulary, Dine has often been considered alongside rougher painters like Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, and has surprised critics and audiences by flexing his muscles as an original generator of performance art "Happenings" or towering series of sculptures.

Dine never fails to surprise at the auction block. His best at-auction works, stemming from the 1960s, often double their pre-auction estimates. His two highest results were $420,000 in 2007 and $418,000 more recently in 2015.

Insights

  • Dine's most famous motifs include the heart and the bathrobe, depicted in myriad variations.

  • Along with Claes Oldenburg and Red Grooms, Dine was part of a loose artist collective who staged in-situ theatrical performances — or "Happenings," as originally dubbed by Allan Kaprow — in downtown New York. These were critical to the maturation of performance as an art form.

  • With a steady flow of artwork hitting the secondary market, Dine is accessible for every level of collector.

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