Jim Dine, ‘Shoe’, Christie's

Jim Dine (b. 1935)


oil on canvas and wood

63 1/2 x 54 1/4 x 7 in. (161.2 x 137.8 x 17.7 cm.)

Painted in 1961.

Signature: Shoe

Venice, XXXII Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, United States of America: Four Germinal Painters, Four Younger Artists, June-October 1964.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jim Dine, February-April 1970, n.p., no. 20 (illustrated).

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Blam! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism, and Performance 1958-1964, September-December 1984, p. 72, fig. 88 (illustrated).

Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Queensland Art Gallery and Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Pop Art 1955-70, February-August 1985, p. 63 (illustrated in color).

Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Collection Sonnabend: 25 Années de Choix et d'Activités d'Ileana et Michael Sonnabend, May 1988-February 1989, pp. 17 and 124 (illustrated in color).

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Sammlung Sonnabend: Von der Pop-art bis heute Amerikanische und europäische Kunst seit 1954, February-May 1996, p. 71 (illustrated in color).

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Cincinnati Art Museum, Jim Dine: Walking Memory, 1959-1969, February 1999-January 2000, p. 126, no. 77 (illustrated in color).

Las Vegas, Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum, American Pop Icons, May-November 2003.

D. Shapiro, Jim Dine, New York, 1981, n.p., no. 64 (illustrated in color).

M. Livingstone, Jim Dine: The Alchemy of Images, New York, 1998, p. 252 (illustrated).

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