Jim Dine and Lee Friedlander
Born in Aberdeen, Washington, US in 1934, Lee Friedlander was best known for his asymmetrical black and white pictures of the American “social landscape”. Focusing on the people, places, and things, of life makes for a sometimes humorous and candid depiction of the society to be portrayed.
Friedlander's love for photography struck early at the age of 14. He went on to study photography at the Art Center School in LA from 1953 to 1955 and then began to freelance. His works first appeared in Esquire, Art in America, and Sports Illustrated, with his first solo exhibitions at the George Eastman House in 1963 and at the MoMA in 1967. Friedlander has received a number of awards for his photography, including three Guggenheim Fellowships; five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; and a MacArthur Foundation Award.
Jim Dine emerged as a pioneer of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s. His practice later crossed into art movements including Neo-Dada, Pop, and Neo-Expressionism, though he did not identify himself with any specific movement. Jim Dine featured everyday objects and imagery in his paintings, drawings, and prints. However, unlike many Pop artists, he focused on the autobiographical and emotive connotations of his motifs. Dine's work regularly sells for six figures on the secondary market and belongs in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many more.