Artist: Jim Dine
Title: Paris, Summer, 1997
Medium: Etching, Drypoint and Photogravure
Image Size: 44 1/2" x 32 1/4"
Frame Size: 53" x 40" x 2"
Inscription: Numbered, signed, and dated on front lower margin
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity, original gallery label on back
Jim Dine's artwork uses a vocabulary of repeated symbols as an autobiographical mechanism to explore ideas of memory and identity. In "Paris, Summer, 1997" the floral still life is at once deeply personal and universally relatable. The complex etching is created using both drypoint and photogravure, showcasing Dine's technical abilities as a printmaker. His technique allows him to illustrate a tremendous amount of depth, texture, and tonal variation.
Measuring more than 3 1/2 feet high, the impressive scale of the piece adds an immersive, larger-than-life quality to piece. Dine's use of color (or lack thereof) is always intentional; the choice of black and white for "Paris, Summer, 1997" heightens the nostalgia of the image and further underlines Dine's repeated exploration of memory.
Jim Dine's 1998 "Paris, Summer, 1997" is an etching with drypoint and photogravure from an edition of 14. It is hand signed, numbered, and dated on the front lower margin and retains the original gallery label on the reverse. Purchase of this piece will include a hand signed certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact.
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.