Artist: Jim Dine
Medium: Hand-Knotted Wool Tapestry
Size: 60 3/4" x 84 3/4" unframed
Year: Circa 1979
Inscription: Woven signature "Jim Dine" on front
Documentation: Produced by Modern Masters Tapestries, New York, includes gallery certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact.
Jim Dine's legacy of artistic exploration lead him to many mediums, from drawings to sculptures. Not content with mere competency, Dine threw himself into each medium so fervently he became an expert; He pioneered new techniques in printmaking and resurrected ancient techniques in woodcarving. The second half of the twentieth century saw a renaissance of tapestry arts, with contemporary artists including Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, and Alexander Calder exploring the medium. For Jim Dine, who often used paper and wood weaving techniques, tapestry was a natural extension of his art.
"Valentine" features a heart, an iconic symbol of Dine's repeated visual vocabulary. Along with other symbols including tools, birds, and bathrobes, Dine used these personal symbols to explore the construction of identity. This particular tapestry has an excellent track record at auction and an upward trajectory, selling for and $14,000 plus premium at Sotheby's is 2019 and $20,312.50 plus premium at Bonham's in 2021.
Jim Dine's hand-knotted wool tapestry "Valentine" was produced by Produced by Modern Masters Tapestries, New York and signed by the artist with a woven signature. The work was created circa 1979 and is from an edition of 20. "Valentine" includes a gallery certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact. The tapestry is currently a stand alone, unframed work, but is photographed to show 2 frame options we can provide at the time of purchase for an additional cost.
About Jim Dine
Jim Dine is an American artist and poet known for his contributions to the formation of both Performance Art and Pop Art. Employing motifs which include Pinocchio, heart shapes, bathrobes, and tools, Dine produces colorful paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. "I grew up with tools. I came from a family of people who sold tools, and I've always been enchanted by these objects made by anonymous hands", Dine has said.
Born on June 16, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH, he studied poetry at the University of Cincinnati before attending the University of Ohio where he received his BFA in 1957. After moving to New York in 1958, Dine became part of a milieu of artists which included Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg, with whom he began to stage performances at sites in the city, these later became known as "Happenings". By the early 1960s he had switched his focus towards painting, drawing on his interest in popular imagery and commercial objects. Though he was shown alongside Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Dine never considered himself a member of the Pop Art movement.
The artist currently lives and works between New York, NY and Walla Walla, WA. His works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.