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Robert Indiana (American, b.1928)
LOT ID: 67571
Indiana in Lewiston, 1991

46.5 х 26.75 in. (118.11 x 67.95 cm.)
Signed, in pencil and dated lower right margin
Print/Casting Year 1991
Edition 150 on Arches paper
Foundry/Publisher Brand X Editions
Lot description
Wonderful Robert Indiana silk-screen in IMMACULATE CONDITION, NEVER FRAMED.

ROBERT INDIANA (1928 - ) This image is based on a series of works Robert Indiana did as a tribute to Marsden Hartley. The dates are the birth and death of Hartley. The image was inspired by Hartley's boldly abstract War Motif paintings between 1914 and 1915. The edition is 150, and has a seal in the lower left with "edition of 150" in a circle. For this image Indiana uses one of Hartley's most abstract and dynamic "Berlin Series" works. Painting No. 5 (Berlin 1914-1915), in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, displays Hartley's profound feelings about the ensuing conflict of World War I and his fascination with the frenzy surrounding him. While symbols representing Von Freyburg, such as the chessboard, iron cross, and arabesque- like epaulet pattern remain prominent, the structural elements of the work hold equal significance.

Indiana's work has evolved into hard-edged graphic images of words, logos and typographic forms, earning him a reputation as one of the country's leading contemporary artists. He is known for using public signs and symbols with altered lettering to make stark and challenging visual statements. In his paintings and constructions he has given new meaning to such basic words as "Eat", "Die" and "Love." Using them in bold block letters in vivid colors, he has enticed his viewers to look at the commonplace from a new perspective. One indication of his success was the appearance of his immensely popular multi-colored "Love" on a United States postage stamp in 1973.
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