A lexicon of images have recurred throughout Jim Dine's oeuvre and, among them, the heart is the most eloquent and ubiquitous. Through continuous repetition, the motif's semiotic resonance surrenders to the contemplation of the expressionistic handling of the pigments, an exercise in formal appreciation that exposes Dine's roots in the Abstract Expressionist movement. And yet, the motif is so compelling and recognizable as a symbol – of the powerful emotion of love – that this property is never entirely obscured. Thus balanced between the High Art of Abstract Expressionism and the banal symbols of mass culture, Anemone is a classic example of Pop Art.
The Pace Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above