JIM DINE "TOOL BOX 1" 1966
Jim Dine was one of the key artists that shaped American Pop Art in the 1960s. Like Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, Dine appropriated quintessential American images and icons.
Yet curiously, during its heyday, Dine remained on the periphery of the Pop Art movement and was more of a prominent contributor of the “Happenings” movement alongside Claes Oldenburg and John Cage.
Over the succeeding decades, Dine has become most well-known for his painting and printmaking of objects like bathrobes, neckties, hearts, and tools.
Dine developed a fascination with tools at early age, whilst working in his grand-parents hardware store. In some cases he would incorporate actual objects into his work. This practice prompted his shift into sculpture.
Jim Dine states that he chose tools as a subject in his artwork "because they felt right….like relatives…as though their last name was Dine."
This particular print is the first in a series called ‘Tool Box’ that was designed by Dine in the late 1960’s. The series includes a variety of dynamic images cut from industrial design magazines and archaic engineering text-books and inputted into the collages.
In each image the tools are skillfully selected and arranged in order to create a deliberate play between photographs or drawings of real tools and imaginary ones.
Dine's work can be found in important public collections around the world.
The Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal has a particularly important collection of his work.
This particular piece is in the collection of The Tate Gallery (London).
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Signed by the artist on verso. From an edition of 150.
Screenprint and collage on paper 1966
24"H 18"W (work)
Note: This work is currently being reframed. Images to follow