San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1997. Dine, Jim. The Madonna of the Future: bound book, 12-1/4 by 83/4 inches, 68 pages. The paper is German Hahnemühle Biblio. The type is Monotype and handset Times New Roman. The photogravure was done as described for Ape & Cat below. The binding is full gray cloth over boards. Numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 125 copies. Only available in the set with Ape & Cat: accordion-fold album, 16 by 12-1/2 inches, opening out to 23 feet in width. The paper is German Hahnemühle Copperplate. The intaglio printing was done at the R. E. Townsend Studio, Georgetown, Massachusetts, from plates made by Jenö Gindl, Berlin, and proofed at Pace Editions, New York City. The covers are full gray cloth over boards. The box containing the album and book is covered in the same cloth, with a bas-relief, 5-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches, in lead alloy by Dine of the heads of a cat and a monkey inset in the lid. The relief mold was made at the Walla Walla Foundry, Washington, and the casting was done at the foundry of M & H Type, San Francisco. The sculpture is inscribed by Dine with his signature and the numbers 97 for the year. The album is numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 75 copies. New. Item #CNAP052
This publication came about by a remarkable coincidence. The artist Jim Dine had been inspired by a small porcelain figurine of a cat and monkey in human clothes. He enlarged and reinvented the couple for a major series of sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
Friends of the artist and the publisher alerted them to a story by Henry James from 1873 that employed the same figurine for different ironic purposes. Dine photographed his clay maquette and bronzes, and Hoyem arranged eighteen of the pictures as a narrative sequence, in which the romance of the two animals movingly evokes the human condition. The philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto wrote an essay on the James story and the Dine works. The book and the album of intaglio prints are enclosed in a box displaying a sculpture specially created by Dine for this edition.
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