Red Bandana by Jim Dine is a signed original lithograph exhibition poster printed in 1971 for his exhibition at the The Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden, Germany. The gallery is internationally renowned and one of the oldest cultural institutions in the city and the region.
As thoughtful art should, this drawing of a bandana forces us to think about what a bandana represents. In its simplest form, a bandana is just a large handkerchief worn about the neck or head. But the reality of today's culture is that a bandana is much more than just that. Its color, design, how it's tied, how and when and where it's worn -- all of this adds to the story about the wearer --- job, hobby, socio-economic class, affiliations, perhaps even status as an outlaw. And, more recently, if pulled up and worn as a face mask, it serves as a method of protection against a virus - telling yet another story about the wearer.
This is exactly what Jim Dine does in his art and why his works are popular: he emphasizes the exploration of everyday life through personally significant objects.
Jim Dine (b. 1935) began his career in the early 1960s and has been a creative force in the art world since then. He is often grouped with the pop artists of that era, but early on he developed his own style of incorporating popular symbols that reflected his introspective viewpoint and his personal and emotional experiences. His works frequently utilize personal, familiar and autobiographical objects, in this instance the red bandana.
If you love your bandana, you'll love this poster!