Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This November, Rare Posters Inc. covers the American artist Jim Dine (1935 b.).
Over the span of a 40 years, Jim Dine has produced over 3000 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and book designs. After moving to New York Dine quickly became an active figure in the New York art world, developing and staging the first "Happenings" with artist Claes Oldenburg. Just four years after graduating from his MFA at Ohio University, Athens, Dine’s work was included in the historically important and groundbreaking 1962 exhibition New Painting of Common Objects together with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud. This exhibition is considered to have been the first American Pop Art exhibition, even though Dine emphasizes that his art is associated to the hands-on, gestural, and expressive nature, rather than the mechanical and impersonal characteristics of Pop Art. Dine’s reoccurring figures, of bathrobes, pallets and hearts, are borne from the psychoanalysis he underwent and inspired by the subsequent study into his personal memories. The result leads to the combination of expressive and the iconic forms on rich and warm pallets bursting with color.
Jim Dine, who has been represented by Pace Gallery since 1976, has hosted over 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. His work belongs to collections in the Tate Museum, the Museum of Modern Art NY, the Guggenheim Museum, The Morgan Library, Museum of Fine Art Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Though prolific, Dine’s work remains affordable in the spectrum of art collecting. Viable for budding collectors are special signed editions of Jim Dine posters, such as Pinocchio, which is a seven color silkscreen and woodcut, or Fortress of the Heart. Items like these reach prices between $3500 to $7500. Posters of his works, though rising in value over the past decade, are still available at the lower end of the spectrum for more casual buyers and decorators. These include works such as Heart At the Opera available for $250, Kentucky Robe for $250 and Gilbert & Sullivan for $125, as well as Multi-Colored Heart for $60 Cardinal for $25 and Two Hearts for Pathways for $25.
- By Jason-Louise A. Graham
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