This original, signed poster by famed artist and graphic designer Jim Dine promotes a 1970 exhibition of his art titled Complete Graphics at the Galerie Mikro in Berlin. The 1969 lithograph by Dine from which this exhibition poster was adapted is aptly titled Scissors and Rainbow.
This poster shows a pair of partially opened black scissors dangling on a line that is connected to the artist’s name, with a colorful, fanciful rainbow between the two. This simple yet thought-provoking design raises questions about the tension between the powers of destruction (the scissors) and the forces of hope and renewal (the rainbow) and the artist’s involvement in that dynamic. But this is just one interpretation. With this unpretentious drawing, Dine poses many profound questions about life and art. This fascinating poster will continually challenge the viewer to think and then think again.
Tools have figured prominently in many of Dine's prints. They are among the popular symbols which are personal to him and which he has incorporated into his art, as his family owned a hardware store when he was growing up.
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 (hearts, bathrobes, ties and of course tools) that reflected his introspective viewpoint and his personal and emotional experiences in his art.
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