Jim Dine - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jonathan Novak, Los Angeles

  • Catalogue Essay

    The motif of the present lot was initially adopted by Jim Dine in the early 1960’s after the artist came across an advert for bathrobes in the New York Times Magazine. For Dine, the robe represented a self-portrait; the outline of the garment echoing his physical presence and yet the banality of a nondescript everyday item gave cause to an emotive personal portrayal. Dine has consistently revisited this theme throughout his career. The present example, which features two crimson colored gowns set amid bright flecks of color, layers this autobiographical insight with a vibrancy that plays contrast to the vacant bathrobes. The solitary figure outlines embedded in their busy colorful surroundings contemplate the juxtaposition of the artist’s interior life with the public consumption of his creative output.

    Born in Ohio, 1935, Dine’s work is often associated with the American pop art movement, having shared countless shows with contemporaries such as Roy Lichtenstien and Andy Warhol. His diverse artistic output in a variety of media, which also includes print-making, sculpture and performance art, has forged a highly prolific career and seen the artist stage approximately 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. The present lot exemplifies this oeuvre with one of his most recognizable subjects and encompasses the artists unwavering analysis of self-expression.

  • 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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Anderson and Shepard

charcoal, acrylic, sand on linen
48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.8 cm)
Signed, titled and dated 'ANDERSON AND SHEPARD #2 Jim Dine 2008' on the reverse.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $149,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Day Sale 15 May 2015 11am