Robert Indiana, ‘Nine’, 1968, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Two spots of foxing in lower right; losses in the print around left, right and upper edges. Conditioned in the frame. Hinged and framed.

Signature: Signed and dated in lower right, and numbered in lower left in pencil

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Printed by Edition Domberger, Germany

Sheehan, 54

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