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Jim Dine

(b. 1935)

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(b Cincinatti, 16 June 1935).

American painter, printmaker, experimental artist, and poet. In 1959 he was one of the pioneers of happenings and in the early 1960s he became one of the most prominent figures in American Pop art (he also made an impact in England, where he lived 1967–71). His Pop canvases were vigorously handled in a manner recalling Abstract Expressionism, but he often attached real objects to them—generally everyday items such as clothes and household appliances (including a kitchen sink). Characteristically the objects were Dine's personal possessions and his work often has a strong autobiographical flavour. In addition to such assemblages, he also made free-standing works and environments, but since the mid-1970s he has concentrated more on traditional two-dimensional work, especially drawings (he has written and illustrated several books of poetry) and prints.

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