Robert Indiana, ‘Black Diamond American Dream #2’, 1997, ArtWise

Limited Edition Serigraph published by Marco Fine Arts Contemporary Atelier and released as part of the large portfolio and book entitled "The American Dream". This piece served as a critique of the classic ideal of the American Dream for Indiana. Coming out of the 1950s, there was a certain idea perpetuated in pop culture and politics about what Americans should want or strive for, whether it was actually true or not. This piece criticized the consumerism and refusal to actively engage in the world in a meaningful way that Indiana saw as the American Experience. As Indiana grew older, his Dream series would become less ironic and more celebratory.

Publisher: Marco Fine Arts Contemporary Atelier

About Robert Indiana

One of the central figures of the Pop Art movement, Robert Indiana takes his inspiration from commercial signs, claiming: “There are more signs than trees in America. There are more signs than leaves. So I think of myself as a painter of American landscape.” In his paintings, sculptures, and prints, he mimics and re-arranges the words and numbers of a myriad of signs, including the Phillips 66 gas station logo and the “Yield” traffic sign. He is most famous for his “LOVE” paintings and sculptures, first produced in the 1960s. Creating a block out of the word—with the “L” and the “O” set atop the “V” and the “E”—Indiana has effectively inserted his own sign into the mix.

American, 1928-2018, New Castle, IN, United States, based in New York, NY, United States