Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, is pleased to announce a major exhibition featuring works by internationally celebrated artist and Ohio University alumnus, Jim Dine.The exhibition Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints initiates a series of events in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the College of Fine Arts.
Born in Cincinnati, Dine studied at the University of Cincinnati and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts before receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in 1957. His reputation in the art world began to grow in 1959 when he, along with Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow, opened a gallery in the Judson Memorial Church (Judson Gallery) in GreenwichVillage in NewYork City and staged a series of theatrical events they called “Happenings.”
Dine’s work has been the subject of major surveys and retrospectives in venues spanning the globe, and he is represented in museum collections worldwide.While others have often associated his work with the Pop Art movement of the mid-20th century, his fascination with popular imagery and everyday objects has always carried a more personal component. He has extensively explored particular themes in a variety of media throughout his career, such as the universal symbol of the heart and images of tools.These themes have acquired the status of personal iconography and he claims them as part of his vocabulary or his “glossary of terms.” As an avid reader, writer and poet, he shares,“language plays a big role in my work and has a big place in my life.”
Jim Dine’s repeated themes have been called personal “icons.” In art, the term “icon” has changed over time, from its use as “likeness” associated with historical, religious images, to the “symbols” representing computer programs and operations today.
The iconic form of the perfectly symmetrical heart has been a part of Dine’s vocabulary since the mid-1960s. It has appeared prominently in his paintings, drawings and prints as well as in his sculpture.
Tools are very important to Dine because they are part of his own self-portrait.When he was growing up in Cincinnati he spent a lot of time in his family’s hardware store, and has said that his earliest memories are of being around hand tools.
1. Where was Jim Dine born?
2. How old is Jim Dine?
3. How many years ago did Jim Dine graduate from Ohio University?
4. What kinds of art does Jim Dine make? (
5. What materials does Jim Dine use in his artwork?
6. What recurring or repeated images do you see in Jim Dine’s artwork?
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