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Child's Blue Wall

Jim Dine (American, born 1935). Child’s Blue Wall, 1962. Oil on canvas, wood, metal, and light bulb, 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963 (K1963:1). © Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

© Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Jim Dine

American, born 1935

Child's Blue Wall, 1962

oil on canvas, wood, metal, light bulb

overall: 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.88 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963

K1963:1

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Inscriptions

inscription; signature, dated / back, upper right / Child's Blue Wall Jim Dine 1962

Provenance

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York;
January 31, 1963, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo with funds provided by Seymour H. Knox

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Oil painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

In 1959, Jim Dine traveled to New York, where, along with other avant-garde artists, he participated in some of the city’s early Happenings, which were spontaneous and experiential performances that often encouraged the audience to participate. A year later, he began to focus more on a painterly practice that incorporated physical objects—a love of which came from working in his family’s hardware stores as a youth. Many of his Pop art contemporaries worked with commercially branded materials that are devoid of expression or feeling. However, it was Dine’s desire to elicit emotion through the use of more personal items. “Child’s Blue Wall” is a poignant tableau from his series of works that engage the subject of children’s bedrooms. It can be variously interpreted as a depiction of starry wallpaper, the pale sky of dusk or dawn, or an altogether imagined scene. The attached lamp may be turned on or off, changing the appearance of the overall painting and introducing further ambiguity. These multiple references often occur in Dine’s work, which is frequently poetic and autobiographical.
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