American artist Jim Dine has dabbled in several forms of artwork such as painting, sculpting, illustrating, performance art, stage design and poetry. The artist is known for the repetition of themes throughout different mediums; many of these represent common everyday objects elevated to an iconic stature. Dine is also known as the pioneer of the Happenings movement.
Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio the artist studied at the Cincinnati Arts Academy from 1951 to 1953 then at the Boston Museum School and later at Ohio University. Highly regarded in his field, Dine was a guest lecturer at Yale University, an artist-in-residence at Oberlin College, and a visiting critic at Cornell University. The artist has been the focus of retrospective shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art In Washington, D.C.
The work of Jim Dine in the Escalette Collection at Chapman University is a lithograph that was gifted to the University in 2010. Nutcracker is a work that displays various tools which the artist regarded as an extension of his own hand. This work is currently on display on Chapman University’s campus.
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Text revised 07-05-2014