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Robert Indiana

The American Love, 1975

Enamel on aluminum
12 1/2 × 12 1/2 in
31.8 × 31.8 cm
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Robert Indiana began experimenting with LOVE in 1958 when he began placing the letter LO above VE …

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Robert Indiana began experimenting with LOVE in 1958 when he began placing the letter LO above VE for a poem he was working on. The image stuck a cord in the 1960s in an era of peace protests and love-ins. The image and wording has since become an instantly recognizable icon in today’s society. —Courtesy of Heritage …

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Robert Indiana
American, 1928–2018
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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.

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Robert Indiana began experimenting with LOVE in 1958 when he began placing the letter LO above VE …

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Robert Indiana began experimenting with LOVE in 1958 when he began placing the letter LO above VE for a poem he was working on. The image stuck a cord in the 1960s in an era of peace protests and love-ins. The image and wording has since become an instantly recognizable icon in today’s society. —Courtesy of Heritage …

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Stamped signed, dated and titled.
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Robert Indiana
American, 1928–2018
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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.

Robert Indiana

The American Love, 1975

Enamel on aluminum
12 1/2 × 12 1/2 in
31.8 × 31.8 cm
Bidding closed
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