Robert Indiana, ‘Tilt, from the original 1971 American Dream portfolio (Sheehan 63) ’, 1971, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘Tilt, from the original 1971 American Dream portfolio (Sheehan 63) ’, 1971, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Indiana, ‘Tilt, from the original 1971 American Dream portfolio (Sheehan 63) ’, 1971, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is the original, RARE 1971 silkscreen published in an edition of only 200, not the later 1997 reprise, which was smaller in size and larger in edition. This is the far more desirable, uncommon limited edition original - from 1971 - one of the most influential eras in Pop Art history! Unframed. A rich, bright impression with bold colors, in very good vintage condition. The work is based on Indiana's iconic 1961 painting called "The American Dream" in the permanent collection at MOMA. Indiana wrote about that piece: “My ‘model’ was Mae West (appearing at the time of execution of this painting, on television’s Late, Late Show in ‘Night after Night’ – 1932) who is the most American bloom to have flowered on this ‘scene,’ which, in my case, is obviously AMERICAN*, and loaded with ‘personal,’ ‘topical,’ and ‘symbolic’ significance, namely all those dear and much-travelled U.S. Routes: #40, #29, #37 (on which I have lived) and #66 of the U.S. Air Force days; those awful five bases of The American Game; the TILT of all those millions of Pin Ball Machines and Juke Boxes in all those hundreds of thousands of grubby bars and roadside cafes, alternate spiritual homes of the American; the star-studded Take All, well-established ethic in all realms – spiritual, economic, political, social, sexual and cultural. Full-stop.” — Robert Indiana
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Sheehan, 63
Provenance is: The Joseph St. Cyr Trust, Sanibel, FL

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Series: Decade

Signature: Signed, dated and numbered in pencil from the edition of 200 in pencil, underneath the artist's printed name, date (1971) and copyright.

Publisher: Multiples, Inc. New York

Sheehan, 63

The Joseph St. Cyr Trust, Sanibel, FL

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

Solo Shows

Contini Art UK, 
New York,
Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Group Shows

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