British Museum collections, £12.99
Height: 657.000 mm
Width: 604.000 mm
Prints and Drawings
Jim Dine, Piranesi's 24 Colored Marks, an etching with watercolour
United States of America, AD 1974-76
'Autobiography through objects'
From early in his career Jim Dine (born 1935)
has introduced commonplace objects as stand-ins for himself. During
the 1960s and early 1970s the notion of an 'autobiography
through objects' largely governed his choice of subject
matter, such as the bathrobe and the heart. In this etching, a row
of tools takes on a range of personal and historical associations.
Many of these objects are the etching tools which Dine uses in his
studio. They refer to his own practice as a printmaker as well to
the practice of
The tools are a recurring element in Dine's iconography. The plate for this composition was first used in a print of 1973, The Wrench in Nature, which showed the large single wrench (shown here in the centre). More tools were added in three subsequent prints between 1974 and 1976: Dartmouth Still Life, Pink Chinese Scissors and this work. The rich variety of textures and techniques used to render these tools endows them with what Dine has called 'a vocabulary of feelings'.
F. Carey and A. Griffiths, American prints 1879-1979 (London, The British Museum Press, 1980)