Jim Dine - New Now Day Sale New York Sunday, February 28, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton
    Private Collection, United States

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ilka Skobie: And what’s the fascination with the hearts? How many hearts have you made? Millions?

    Jim Dine: Millions. . . . I have no idea but it’s mine and I use it as a template for all my emotions. It’s a landscape for everything.

    Excerpt from "LONE WOLF: An interview with Jim Dine," Artnet

    Jim Dine’s prolific career has spanned over fifty years. Since his first solo show in 1960, he’s been the subject of nearly 300 solo shows worldwide. The present work, Hawaian Dream, depicts his iconic heart; a subject he has revisited for more than forty years. He is often associated with Pop Art, and one sees the movement’s influence in this work though his repetition of the heart symbol and reworking of its image throughout his career. In the present work, Dine antagonizes the limits of acrylic paint; he combats the medium’s inherent properties of flatness and quick drying time by sanding, power grinding, and using an air compressor. The result is a textural and colorful rendering of his emblematic heart which seems to loose clarity and sharpness within the artist’s molding of the paint layers. Despite the reuse of the same image, each heart work brings about a different reaction from the viewer through the artist’s use of color and gesture.

  • Artist Biography

    Jim Dine

    American • 1935

    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.

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Hawaian Dream

acrylic and sand on canvas
47 1/4 x 35 1/2 in. (120 x 90.2 cm)
Signed, titled and dated "Hawaian Dream - 2013 Jim Dine" on the reverse.

$100,000 - 150,000 

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New Now Day Sale

New York Auction 29 February 2016 11am