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LOT 031

Jim Dine
1935 -
American

Smaller Parrot at Home
painted bronze sculpture
on verso signed, editioned 8/8, dated 2008 and inscribed "109" / "2010 098" / "WWF"
35 x 14 1/2 x 13 in 88.9 x 36.8 x 33 cm

Available for post auction sale.
PRICE: $61,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

PROVENANCE
Pace Gallery, New York
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
Acquired from the above by the present Prominent Corporate Collection, Montreal, September 2010

LITERATURE
Jim Dine, Galerie de Bellefeuille, 2009, page 31 and reproduced page 58

EXHIBITED
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Jim Dine, September 10 - October 7, 2009


A major figure in the artistic development of both Pop and Expressionist movements in America, Jim Dine continues to define himself as an unceasing innovator. Dine transforms recognizable motifs – hearts, tools, bathrobes, skulls and birds - through his playful arrangement and manipulation, into bold and often fanciful images. The heart shape first appeared in Dine’s work in the mid-1960s. Compulsively reiterated in the decades following, the universal symbol would emerge as the artist’s signature motif.

In Smaller Parrot at Home, a parrot sits perched atop the familiar form. Turning its beak towards its shoulder, the radiant creature assumes a pose of feigned coyness. The eccentric juxtaposition of forms is rendered with inconsistency in its surfaces – polished sections give way to rough layering. Bright fluorescent and metallic finishes further accentuate the textural differences, drawing our awareness to the expressive hand of the artist.

The title noting “smaller” should be understood as a strictly relative descriptor. Dine created monumental sized versions of this image, including King Parrot (1995), standing 7 feet tall, and Large Parrot Screams Color (2007), towering at 12 feet.

This work is included in Jim Dine's online sculpture catalogue raisonné, published digitally by Artifex Press, catalogue #2008.15.


Available for post auction sale.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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