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Robert Indiana (American, b.1928)
LOT ID: 81134
The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works), 1996

Screenprint
24 х 21 in. (60.96 x 53.34 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right; numbered, lower left
Edition 200
Foundry/Publisher American Images
Lot description
In 1967, Robert Indiana's "Love" print became known around the world as an anti-war symbol. The print started as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art (you will see an upside down Christmas tree in the Letter "V"). The Love print eventually was chosen as a U.S. postage stamp.

In 1996, the publisher of American Images approached Indiana with the idea of expanding the Love print into a portfolio of 12 different images. This is the complete set of 12 works from 'The Book of Love' portfolio.

Robert Indiana (American, b.1928), born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana, adopted the name of his home state as a pseudonym early in his career. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana moved to New York, where he became a prominent member of the Pop Art movement. Indiana defined himself as a “sign painter” because of his preference for iconic images of numbers and letters, often taken from the American signs around him. He is best known for his LOVE paintings and sculptures, which have come to represent peace internationally. Indiana’s interest in politics and social issues, which separates him from other Pop artists, is evident in numerous works, including his YIELD paintings, the Confederacy series from 1965-1966, and the more recent Peace paintings. In 1978, the artist left New York City to settle on the island of Vinalhaven, near the coast of Maine, where he lives and works today.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.)
Tate Modern (London, UK)
The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
  • The Book of Love (portfolio of 12 works) by Robert Indiana
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