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Jim Dine (American, b.1935)
LOT ID: 80704
Robe, 2009

Lithograph, Two panel, 38-color lithographs printed on white Arches
47 х 35.25 in. (119.38 x 89.54 cm.)
Signed, on left panel recto, dated on right panel recto
Edition 16
Lot description
Each panel: 47 x 35 ¼ inches (119.4 x 89.5 cm)

The bathrobe is one of the most important symbols in Dine's iconography. As the image of the heart always refers to his ex-wife Nancy, who was the muse of many of his early works, so the bathrobe refers to the artist's image of himself.

The army of bathrobes that Dine has assembled over decades contains nuances that make each a unique portrait in their own right, with the nearly congruent angle of the elbows being the over-arching definitive across works.

A modern master of printmaking, Jim Dine has long combined Pop-informed imagery with a highly personal point of view. Among other popular subjects such as his iconic hearts and robes, flowers have also been a focus throughout Dine's career. Dine was born June 16, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied at night at the Cincinnati Art Academy during his senior year of high school and then attended the University of Cincinnati, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Ohio University, Athens, from which he received his B.F.A. in 1957. Dine moved to New York in 1959 and soon became a pioneer creator of “Happenings”, together with Allan Kaprow, and Robert Whitman. He exhibited at the Judson Gallery, New York, in 1958 and 1959, and his first solo show took place at the Reuben Gallery, New York, in 1960.

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Robe by Jim Dine
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