Robert Indiana, ‘Colby Art Tondo’, 1973, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘Colby Art Tondo’, 1973, Alpha 137 Gallery

This extremely rare edition is pencil signed and numbered from the very low edition of only 50. The print is called "Colby Art Tondo" - tondo meaning, of course, "round" (rotondo). It is a smaller editioned variation on Robert Indiana's 1973 silkscreen called "Colby Art", which was created in an edition of 100. Both of these Colby Art Prints were based on a poster that Indiana designed for an exhibition at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. In these images, Indiana place the word "ART" within a circular format for the first time. In original 1970s aluminum metal frame. Not examined outside of frame but appears to be in very good condition.
This work is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Robert Indiana's prints. (Sheehan, 81, page 52)

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Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil on the front. Bears the artist's copyright "@Robert Indiana 1973" lower right.

Publisher: Published by Robert Indiana, Printed by Seri-Arts, New York

Robert Indiana Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1951-1991, Sheehan, 80.

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. His “LOVE” painting was reproduced on a postage stamp in 1973; his “LOVE” sculptures are installed in public spaces worldwide.

American, b. 1928, New Castle, Indiana, based in New York, New York