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Kunsthalle Bern (Saw) by Jim Dine

Kunsthalle Bern (Saw) by Jim Dine

Petersburg Press

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: Unknown

Sheet Size: 30.75 × 22 inches


Condition: Good

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Original exhibition poster printed on the occasion of Jim Dine’s 1971 exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, featuring Saw, 1971. Against a sea of electric blue, Dine has written “saw” in looped cursive and sketched a saw running down the right edge. Sprays of white about the handle and tip of the blade evoke the back and forth motion of cutting. To the left, a lone screw swims in the cerulean sea. Topping off this show stopping vintage poster is the custom typeface: whimsical block letters with graphic horizontal gradients. Look closely – the artist’s name is filled with miniature waves.

The hand tool is undoubtedly Jim Dine’s most iconic motif. Meticulously catalogued in rows like scientific specimens or sketched individually, hammers, awls, brushes, saws and screwdrivers assume a visceral symbolism. Curvilinear handles evoke the contours of limbs or bones, and even metal points and blades seem organic under Dine’s thoughtful hand.

Text reads Jim Dine, Kunsthalle Bern.



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Jim Dine

Jim Dine is an American pop artist who was born in Ohio in 1935 and was known for his painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking. He is considered to be a part of the Neo-Dada movement, a style that opposed the emotional expressions of Abstract Impressionism and instead, denies aesthetics by using mundane subjects and focusing on performance. Dine was first recognised by the art industry when he displayed ‘Happenings’ a type of performance art in collaboration with the musician John Cage. In 1959, it was exhibited over six days in an environment or installation in New York City’s Reuben Gallery, where features of light, sound, projects and viewer participation all played a part in the display.

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