((Jim Dine)) [[Ape & Cat]]

((Jim Dine)) [[Ape & Cat]]

3,500.00

An album of photogravures by Jim Dine
Accompanied by the story The Madonna of the Future by Henry James
With an introduction by Arthur C. Danto

Signed by the artist

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Ape & Cat is an accordion-fold album of 18 photogravures by Jim Dine. The Madonna of the Future is a long short story by Henry James, with one photogravure by Dine and one tipped-in photograph. Both books are presented together in a box with lead-alloy bas-relief sculpture by Dine inset on the lid.

This publication came about by a remarkable coincidence. Jim Dine had been inspired by a small porcelain figurine of a cat and monkey in human clothes. Friends of the artist and the publisher alerted them to a story by Henry James from 1873 that employed the same figurine. Dine enlarged and reinvented the couple for a series of sculptures, paintings, and drawings to accompany the text.  

Production Details

  • Edition of 75 numbered sets for sale

  • Album: Accordion-fold, 16 by 12 ½ inches, 20 pages
    Book: Octavo, 12 ¼ by 8 ¾ inches, 68 pages

  • Both books bound in sage green cloth, housed in a box with lead bas-relief sculpture

  • Arion Press publication #52, 1997 

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