Robert Indiana, ‘THE MOTHER OF US ALL, TYRONE GUTHRIE THEATRE -- Hand Signed & Inscribed to photographer Jack Mitchell ’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘THE MOTHER OF US ALL, TYRONE GUTHRIE THEATRE -- Hand Signed & Inscribed to photographer Jack Mitchell ’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘THE MOTHER OF US ALL, TYRONE GUTHRIE THEATRE -- Hand Signed & Inscribed to photographer Jack Mitchell ’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘THE MOTHER OF US ALL, TYRONE GUTHRIE THEATRE -- Hand Signed & Inscribed to photographer Jack Mitchell ’, 1967, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is the original vintage poster designed by Robert Indiana for the 1967 performance by the Center Opera Company of the Walker Art Center of An American Pop Opera at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre. What makes this poster exceptional is that it has a warm personal dedication "For Jack My Best Bob (Indiana) 1967". "Jack" - is Jack Mitchell, the American photographer and author best known for his photographs of American artists, dancers, film and theatre performers, musicians and writers. Mitchell photographed the performances of this opera, and came to work with Indiana on the project. This work has fine provenance as it was acquired from the Estate of Jack Mitchell.
It has been exhibited but is in overall good condition given its age, there is a bit of masking tape on the rear near a tiny puncture. Unframed. Very rare when hand signed and inscribed -- and highly collectible with such fine provenance.

Signature: Signed by the artist Robert Indiana: inscribed ‘Bob (Indiana) 1967’ lower right, and lower left “For Jack My Best! in graphite pencil.

Publisher: Poster Originals Limited

Acquired from the Estate of photographer Jack Mitchell (1925-2013). Purchased directly from Craig B. Highberger
Executive Director, Jack Mitchell Archives

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.

American, 1928-2018, New Castle, IN, United States, based in New York, NY, United States