Robert Indiana, ‘Philadelphia Love  - The Original 1970s Edition (Sheehan, 83)’, 1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘Philadelphia Love  - The Original 1970s Edition (Sheehan, 83)’, 1975, Alpha 137 Gallery

NOTE: This work is NOT to be confused with the later, less rare "Philadelphia Love" published in the mid 1990s. This is the uncommon, more desirable work from 1975! Published by Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Printed by Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York. Rarely to market, "Philadelphia Love" is one of the most desirable and iconic Robert Indiana LOVE prints from the mid 1970s - one of the most influential eras in the artist's career- and in Pop Art history.
Fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Robert Indiana's prints. (Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Sheehan, 83) Framed. Sheet itself measures 24 x 24 inches. Not examined outside of original vintage frame, but appears in fine condition.

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Signature: Signed, dated, inscribed with title and numbered in pencil on the front

Publisher: Published by Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Printed by Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York.

Sheehan, 83

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