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Green Suit

A work made of corduroy suit, corrugated cardboard, wire, and oil paint.

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  • A work made of corduroy suit, corrugated cardboard, wire, and oil paint.

Date:

1959

Artist:

Jim Dine
American, born 1935

About this artwork

In late-1950s New York, Jim Dine was a key early practitioner of Happenings—antic, loosely scripted, multidisciplinary performance events. He was painting avidly as well, often incorporating personal, domestic objects into both his canvases and his performances. In Green Suit, thought to be Dine’s first sculpture, the paint-daubed object itself takes precedent. Indeed, this was not just any found object, but clothing taken from the artist’s own closet. The suit’s trousers are shredded into strips, some of them suggestively bundled. Painted cardboard stands in for a shirt and tie. If in his performance work Dine made use of his body, in this assemblage he offered up the trappings of a slack, nearly two-dimensional “everyman,” untidy and poignant, anonymous yet familiar.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Jim Dine

Title

Green Suit

Origin

United States

Date

1959

Medium

Corduroy suit, corrugated cardboard, wire, and oil paint

Dimensions

166.7 × 73 cm (65 3/4 × 28 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Diana Michener and Jim Dine

Reference Number

2013.1421

Extended information about this artwork

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