Jim Dine, ‘Untitled (folio of 9 tool prints)’, 2009, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Jim Dine ( b.1935 Cincinnati, OH) is known for his ability to combine the iconic and the personal in ways that evoke the expressive role of the artist as individual. It can be said that he did just that in this lithograph, Untitled (folio of 9 tool prints). While each tool depicted is a clear representation of a wrench or a screwdriver, each undeniably holds anthropomorphic personality traits; one could almost refer to them as figurative.

Untitled (folio of 9 tool prints) by Jim Dine. Includes complete portfolio of 9 Lithograph prints on various handmade papers with hand torn sheet edges. Signed, dated and numbered 6/12 in pencil on each print. Published by Pace Editions in an edition of 12

Signature: Signed by artist

About Jim Dine

Although often associated with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Jim Dine did not identify with a specific movement, producing a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, poetry, and performances. Emerging as a pioneer (together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman) of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s, Dine would carry the spontaneous energy of this movement throughout his style, which emphasized the exploration of everyday life. Personally significant objects were Dine’s primary motifs, as in his iconic series of hearts and robes. He championed a return to figuration after a period of more concept-dominated works, and is considered an important figure in Neo-Dada and a forerunner of Neo-Expressionism. “The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it’s charged with and how much subject matter is there,” he once said.

American, b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, Paris and Walla Walla, Washington