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Phillips Screwdriver (30 Bones of My Body portfolio) by Jim Dine

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: 10

Image Size: 9 x 6 inches

Sheet Size: 30 x 22 inches


Condition: Excellent

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Drypoint on Crisbrook Waterleaf paper, from Jim Dine’s Thirty Bones of My Body portfolio of thirty drypoints, printed in an edition of 10 with three Artist’s Proofs. Signed by the artist, dated 1972, and numbered in pencil. This drypoint comes from the archive of the publisher Petersburg Press.

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. In this series of dry point prints, each tool is positioned vertically. Standing in for the artist’s body, the phallic shapes are gently shaded, appearing pressed into a grey field. The delicate, soft quality of dry point lines enhances the intimate nature of these portraits.


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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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