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Tool Drypoint: Bottle opener 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 print on white Crisbrook Waterleaf paper. Signed by the artist, numbered 7/10, and dated 1972 lower center in pencil. Edition 10: this impression 7/10.

Drawn by the artist and printed at the same time as Jim Dine’s “Thirty Bones of My Body” portfolio. Here, a bottle opener points upward, silhouetted by a single black line. Seeming to press against the expanse of light grey forming the background, the bottle opener’s mouth emanates long, wispy strands of hair. At the opener’s base, a few stray strands thread through a hole.

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 the soft grey background. Wisps of hair creep up and around each tool, as if the instruments themselves were sprouting from the body. Dine’s deft draftsmanship tempers the grotesque possibilities of this inanimate hirsutism, while 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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