Jim Dine studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School, and received his B.F.A. from Ohio University, Athens, where he was also enrolled in the graduate program.
Dine moved to New York City in 1958, where he had his first group (1959) and solo (1960) exhibitions. He instantly became an active figure in the New York art world, creating and staging many of the first “Happenings” along with artists, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Since his first solo exhibition in 1960, Dine’s paintings, sculptures, photography, and prints have been the subject of nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. I
n 2008, Dine became the first contemporary artist invited to exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Dine has been the subject of nine major retrospectives since 1970, including JIM DINE: SOME DRAWINGS, organized by the Allen Memorial Art Museum (2005–2007); DRAWINGS OF JIM DINE, a major traveling retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2004); JIM DINE: A WALKING MEMORY 1959–1969, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (1999), which traveled to the Cincinnati Art Museum; JIM DINE, Isetan Museum, Tokyo, which travelled to the Museum of Art, Osaka and the Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan (1990–91); JIM DINE: FIVE THEMES, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, (1984–85), which traveled to the Phoenix Art Museum, The Saint Louis Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, OH, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and JIM DINE, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (1970).
Dine’s work is held in more than 70 important public collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Cleveland Museum of Art; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone-machi, Japan; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum; Amsterdam; Tate Gallery; London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.