Jim Dine, pencil on paper, 1962

The American Jim Dine is a key figure of the early Happenings. This artist is considered to be pop art, but was more closely associated with neo-dada and neo-expressionism. The technical variety within his own style makes it difficult to categorize him. Every object he used had a deep subjective meaning and refers to his intuitive world. Unlike most pop art artists, the interpretation of his subject takes precedence over the mere depiction of it.

The work ‘Nails’ belongs to one of the most important parts of his oeuvre, namely ‘Tools’. Tools symbolize every material object made in human history, and in Dine’s own words has the metaphorical meaning of “work”. The personal perception of these subjects comes from the family hardware store, which he was already fascinated with as a child.


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