Art: The Smiling Workman

Jim Dine, 26, is one of those artists who are hard to take seriously and equally hard to laugh off. They produce kooky art so earnestly that it makes a certain sense. In his current show at Manhattan's Martha Jackson Gallery, Dine concentrates on paintings of articles of clothing —suspenders, shoes, hats, and a gaudy parade of neckties. Dine fans have bought up three-fourths of the paintings, and the show boasts a learned interpretation by the British critic Lawrence Alloway. who was recently named curator at the Guggenheim.

Cincinnati-born Dine hit the Manhattan scene...

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