Jim Dine, ‘Robe in the Oven’, 2006, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Jim Dine, ‘Robe in the Oven’, 2006, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.

The robe motif was initially created by Jim Dine in the 60’s after the artist saw a bathrobe ad in The New York Times magazine. For Dine, the robe is a self-portrait; the outline of the garment echoes his physical presence and yet the banality of a nondescript everyday item creates an emotive personal portrayal; Jim Dine has consistently revisited this theme throughout his career, and this 2006 canvas is an iconic example from this series.

Signature: Titled, signed and dated "ROBE IN THE OVEN Jim Dine 2006" verso.

Pace Wildenstein, New York
Private Collection, New York

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

Exhibition Highlights

New York,
Primary Objects: Jim Dine in the 1960's