Hammers poster by Jim Dine (Kestner Gesellschaft, 1970)


Artist: Jim Dine

This wonderful poster, printed on beautiful thick paper, socks you between the eyeballs with its homage to hard graft, its artistic beauty, and its great graphic design. Dine is one of the most important artists of post-war USA, and this image represents a key chunk of his output. Here is the poetry of the everyday: a celebration of work and working tools. 

Dine has said he was "raised in a family of ironmongers and the tools were always around me." His family were Polish Jews. They owned a hardware store where Dine gained a deep interest in the power of ordinary objects. He was particularly fascinated by the "metaphorical" or "mythic" quality of the tools of iron-working.

Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dine moved to New York in 1959 where he  became a pioneer of the Happenings movement together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Dine is closely associated with the development of Pop art in the early 1960s, but he diverged from the coldness and impersonal nature of Pop by making works about the personal and the quotidian. His work has been celebrated down the decades, with major retrospectives at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Guggenheim in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Approximate dimensions: 16 x 23 in; 42 x 59.8 cm

This is an archive / vintage poster, printed in the 1970s,  now collectable and in short supply. Our stock of it is sold as new. Given its age the condition is very, very good.  Please hang away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. We send out posters rolled in tubes.

We offer this poster framed in extruded aluminium, but only for collection in person at Salts Mill. To find out more call 01274 531163 / onlineshop@saltsmill.org.uk