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Jim Dine Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati Ohio then a quiet river town during 1939 of a middle class Jewish family His father owned a paint and plumbing supply store and his grandfather owned a hardware store His mother was loving and his childhood memories are pleasant ones He took his first painting classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy while in high school He then went on to attend the University of Cincinnati the school of the Boston Museum of Fine arts and Ohio University where in 1957 he received his BFA Dine moved to New York City in 1958 and immediately became involved in Happenings although it should be noted Dine rejected this term preferring painters theater performance art stagings with Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow By early 1959 he was a principal member of the Judson Group a group of artists which gathered regularly at the Judson Gallery along with Tom Wesselmann George Segal Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein In 1959 Dine experimented with Conceptual Art he made his first prints and performance pieces and combined paintings and objects In Five Feet of Colorful Tools Dine manipulated tools with a childlike aggression he spray-painted and spilled paint over tools such as those from his grandfathers hardware store A yellow canvas is the background for a series of polychrome tools with shadows of bright spay-paint The Car Crash Series is a grouping of prints and performance art which commemorates the death of his friend he may have even been involved in this accident White painted found objects adorned an enclosed space Dine all silver with red lipstick scrawled anthropomorphic cars on a black board for approximately fifteen minutes He broke the chalk obsessively trying to communicate or explain but only grunted an example of his seeming inability to talk about his work which Ill address later A third example of his early style is his highly emotional and personal in content combination
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