Jim Dine, ‘Red Lite Bulb’, Christie's

Jim Dine (b. 1935)

Red Lite Bulb

signed, titled and dated '"Red lite bulb" Jim Dine 1962' (on the reverse)

oil and light bulb on canvas

36 x 24 1/4 x 5 in. (91.4 x 61.6 x 12.7 cm.)

Executed in 1962.

Signature: signed, titled and dated '"Red lite bulb" Jim Dine 1962' (on the reverse)

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

About Jim Dine

Although often associated with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Jim Dine did not identify with a specific movement, producing a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, poetry, and performances. Emerging as a pioneer (together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman) of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s, Dine would carry the spontaneous energy of this movement throughout his style, which emphasized the exploration of everyday life. Personally significant objects were Dine’s primary motifs, as in his iconic series of hearts and robes. He championed a return to figuration after a period of more concept-dominated works, and is considered an important figure in Neo-Dada and a forerunner of Neo-Expressionism. “The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it’s charged with and how much subject matter is there,” he once said.

American, b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, Paris and Walla Walla, Washington