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Robert Indiana (American, b.1928)
LOT ID: 77288
HOPE, 2008

Screenprint, Oil Silkscreen in colors on 100% rag, acid free paper
17 х 17 in. (43.18 x 43.18 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered '51/200' on recto.
Print/Casting Year 2008
Edition 51/200
Lot description
Image size: 17 x 17 inches (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
Paper size: 25 x 19 inches (63.5 x 48.3 cm)

All plates and screens used in the printmaking process have been permanently cancelled/destroyed at the conclusion of the print collaboration on August 15th, 2008.

Although years in the works, "HOPE" was brought to a passionate finish by Robert Indiana in support of Barack Obama, who he hoped would be our next President. Robert Indiana, American artist and sculptor of the ionic "LOVE" sculpture, donated all proceeds from the print and the various HOPE products made for the campaign to Barack Obama's run for Presidency and, while he generally stays in the world of art, he felt that this election was a critical one that would dramatically impact America's future. He encouraged people to take a stand and vote Obama.

American Pop art icon Robert Indiana (b. 1928) established his style through a unique combination of American roadside symbolism and Contemporary art. A self-proclaimed “American painter of signs,” Indiana gained international acclaim namely due to his distinctive rendering of LOVE, in sculptures, paintings, and prints. Indiana’s iconic representation of common three and four letter words has become his trademark, both recognized and enjoyed by the public at large seeing as his sculptures are now regarded as some of the most widely known public works of art. Throughout the past five decades of his career, Indiana has focused on the power of language and abstraction, meanwhile maintaining an emphasis on the American identity. Indiana studied at the Herron School of Art and then at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, to later study at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. His works have been exhibited publicly in five continents, recently at Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL (2010); and Woodward Gallery, New York, NY (2010).

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.)
Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
HOPE by Robert Indiana
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