abstracted design with seven claw hammers with grey heads and white handles; several other sketchy tools in background (saw, clamp, scraper); image of a hand at bottom center; grey scratched ground

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Seven White Hammers, 2008

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Jim Dine's lifelong fascination with hand tools grew out of his childhood experiences visiting his grandfather's Ohio hardware store. For Dine, the tool is an extension of the hand, emblematic of physical nature of work, including the work of the artist in his studio. In this mixed intaglio print, he presents a procession of seven hammers, which seem to march across the scene like figures in the night. Other hand tools appear in the shadows, each carefully described in etching and drypoint. Dine's masterful draftsmanship and dramatic use of light and shade bring a palpable vitality to the subject.

Details
Title
Seven White Hammers
Artist Life
born 1935
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2011.27
Provenance
(Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, sold to Root, Feb. 2011); Michael Root, Minneapolis, given to MIA, 2011
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abstracted design with seven claw hammers with grey heads and white handles; several other sketchy tools in background (saw, clamp, scraper); image of a hand at bottom center; grey scratched ground

© Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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