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Robert Indiana invokes Benjamin Franklin as quoted, "In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns." The ultimate powers in a society, therefore, rest in the people themselves, and they should exercise those powers, either directly or through representatives, in every way they are competent and that is practicable.
Very good condition, see note below.

From an American Portrait 1776 - 1976. Portfolio published in honor of, and to celebrate the American Bicentennial. Published by Transworld Art, Inc. NY.

Robert Indiana has developed his own formula for pop art combining sign letting with hard edge treatment in strong billboard colors. Many of his slogans, including his famous Love paintings and frequent use of the words die, kill, and hug, have been seen as a satirical challenge to the naïve optimism of the American dream. Similarly, “The Golden Future of America,” which was created in commemoration of America’s bicentennial, provides a satire on the impact the idea of a Golden Age has on both contemporary society and for the constructors of the U.S. constitution. As a result, the work can be perceived as a satire forcing the U.S. society to look at its underlying motivations, materialism, and vacant spirituality at a moment when the country is celebrating its birth.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Abrasions / Scratches
Area: Other area
Location: Center
Notes: very minor ink loss in 1" line in blue ground color over "R".
Degree: Minor

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Area
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Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 31.25 x 25.75 x 1.25 in. (79.38 x 65.4 x 3.18 cm.)
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