On view in James Rosenquist’s House of Fire: A Masterwork of American Pop Art are a number of works that aren’t actually James Rosenquist’s House of Fire. Included in the exhibition are a prints by a few Rosenquist contemporaries associated with the 1960s American Pop Art movement, including Claes Oldenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jim Dine. Dine’s print, Townsend Monotype II (Heart), depicts three black hearts, just in time for the release of the new black heart emoji!
Jim Dine regularly included everyday household items such as tools—examples of which can be seen on view in American Array, hands, and, most notably (and relevantly) hearts. In an interview with artnet.com’s Ilka Scobie, Dine estimated that he had probably made millions of hearts over the course of his career. “It’s a landscape for everything,” he said in the interview. “It’s like Indian classical music—based on something very simple but building to a complicated structure. Within that you can do anything in the world. And that’s how I feel about my hearts.”
Curator of European and American art Theresa Papanikolas explains that the simplistic shapes are more complex than they might seem. “Even though it’s a print, there’s a lot of workmanship going on in this piece,” says Papanikolas pointing to evidence of Dine’s hand working within the shape. “He’s attaching his expressionistic impulse onto a very banal object.”