Artist: Jim Dine
Title: Key West
Medium: Etching over offset lithograph, printed by Joseph Petruzelli, Mitchell Friedman, and Nicholas Dine, published by Pace
Image Size: 16 3/4" x 18"
Sheet Size: 41" x 29 3/4"
Frame: 48" x 36"
Inscription: Signed on lower center
Condition: Good condition overall
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity, Reference D'Oench and Feinberg, 88.
Through its symbolism, Jim Dine's art created an important bridge between pop art and conceptual art. Dine's work explored the idea of memory, shared identity, and personal artifacts as a form of storytelling. His artwork often features items from his childhood, creating symbols of shared nostalgia, including the relatable seashells depicted in his "Key West" etching over offset lithograph. "Key West" also reveals stylistically important elements of Dine's artwork, including his sketched style and intentional use of negative space. Light was a crucial factor in Dine's compositions, and the depth portrayed through his shading technique along with the refined use of small doses of color are hallmarks of his body of work.
Jim Dine's "Key West" is from an edition of 40 etchings over offset lithographs printed by Joseph Petruzelli, Mitchell Friedman, and Nicholas Dine and published by Pace. It is hand signed on the lower center. The 1981 etching includes a gallery certificate of authenticity and can be verified by Reference: D'Oench and Feinberg, 88.
About Jim Dine
Jim Dine is an American artist and poet known for his contributions to the formation of both Performance Art and Pop Art. Employing motifs which include Pinocchio, heart shapes, bathrobes, and tools, Dine produces colorful paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. "I grew up with tools. I came from a family of people who sold tools, and I've always been enchanted by these objects made by anonymous hands," Dine has said.
Born on June 16, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH, he studied poetry at the University of Cincinnati before attending the University of Ohio where he received his BFA in 1957. After moving to New York in 1958, Dine became part of a milieu of artists which included Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg, with whom he began to stage performances at sites in the city, these later became known as “Happenings.” By the early 1960s he had switched his focus towards painting, drawing on his interest in popular imagery and commercial objects. Though he was shown alongside Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Dine never considered himself a member of the Pop Art movement. The artist currently lives and works between New York, NY and Walla Walla, WA. His works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.