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Summary Article: Dine, Jim (James)
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ US artist

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1959 he exhibited his first series of ready-made objects as images, alongside Claes Oldenburg, with whom he continued to collaborate, as in The Ray Gun Show of 1960 (New York), pioneering "happenings". His own happening, The Car Crash of 1960, was a classic of this type. One of the foremost US Pop artists, he is essentially a collage painter, as in Double Red Self-portrait (Green Lines) (1964, New York), where clothing is fastened to canvas against a freely painted background. During the late 1960s he also collaborated with Eduardo Paolozzi on collages. He has since turned to more traditional painting, concentrating on colour and line under the influence of Mark Rothko, such as Cardinal (1976), and sculpture. Ancient Greek, Egyptian and African imagery is a feature of more recent work. His publications include Welcome Home, Lovebirds (1969), which he also illustrated, and Drawings from the Glypothek (1993), which he co-authored and illustrated. In 2008 his nine-metre-high bronze Pinocchio, entitled Walking to Borås, was erected in Borås, Sweden.

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