Robert Indiana, ‘HIRSHHORN MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDEN OPENING EXHIBITION (SIGNED & NUMBERED) ’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘HIRSHHORN MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDEN OPENING EXHIBITION (SIGNED & NUMBERED) ’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘HIRSHHORN MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDEN OPENING EXHIBITION (SIGNED & NUMBERED) ’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery

In 1984, legendary Pop artist Robert Indiana was commissioned by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to design the poster celebrating the grand opening and inaugural installation at the museum. While the poster itself was an open edition - only a very small number - 100 were printed on lithographic paper (instead of poster paper) and hand signed and numbered by Robert Indiana. This is one of them! It is boldly signed in graphite pencil, and numbered 4/100. Par excellence - this signed, numbered Robert Indiana offset lithograph poster, commemorating the opening of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - is a terrific piece of 20th Century Modern art history and a wonderful example of Pop Art ephemera from the 1970s - one of the most influential eras.

Unframed and in excellent condition.

Signature: Signed and numbered 4/100 in pencil on the recto (front)

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution, Washington. C.C.

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