This original signed stone lithograph of two ties by artist Jim Dine was the exhibition poster for the artist's show at the Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen in Rotterdam in 1971. It is signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.
The relationship between men and their neckties is complex, personal and emotionally fraught. Jim Dine explores this relationship with this poster. He has drawn two ties, and though they look alike they are slightly different. What is interesting is that he has numbered them "1." and "2.". This calls to mind a ritual that plays out many times when a man is trying to pick out a tie to wear. He chooses two possibilities and pulls them out of his closet. He holds one up against his shirt collar, then the other, perhaps modeling both for his spouse, and then he asks himself (or his spouse): "Which one should I wear --- #1 or #2?" Jim Dine has memorialized this ritual with this poster, and this is why his art is so popular. It explores and reflects our everyday lives.
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 (as this one) often repeat a visual theme and frequently utilize personal, familiar and autobiographical objects, in this instance neckties. He emphasizes the exploration of everyday life through personally significant objects.
If you love ties, you'll love this poster for all it says about the simple act of choosing and wearing a tie. Jim Dine posters make great wall art!