Jim Dine

The pop artist Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati/Ohio on 16 June 1935. The US painter, graphic artist, sculptor and happening artist, who became world-famous in particular for his virtuoso mastery of complex techniques, graduated from the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School in 1958. From 1960 to 1965 he held visiting teaching positions at various US-American universities.

When Jim Dine came to New York, at the end of the 1960s, he started to include everyday objects in his work, which connected him to the emerging Pop Art. Together with Claes Oldenburg and Tom Wesselmann, he founded a gallery where he staged his first happenings, for which he later became famous.

Today, Dine is mainly appreciated for his paintings and graphic art. He is considered to be part of Pop Art. However, he occupies another separate place in art history for his poems and his very personal pool of motifs, in which variations of hearts appear repeatedly. Dine's spontaneous painterly gesture shows his closeness to Abstract Expressionism, but also Dadaism and Surrealism.

Exhibitions: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Gallery, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City, documenta, Kassel, Biennale, Venice.