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For true fans and collectors of Robert Indiana, this is a special print - one of only two that is also inscribed and accompanied by two original drawings. You could probably find this print alone at a lesser price elsewhere - but NOT with two original drawings. First, the print itself is fully documented in the catalogue raisonne of Robert Indiana's printed works by Susan Sheehan as one of only two Trial Proofs ever created for the "Wall, Two Stone" series of prints. This is Trial Proof number one of two. But the entire edition of this work, numbered IV, is only 10 -- according to the catalogue raisonne. An extremely small regular edition, particularly for Indiana. However, in addition, this work bears a special hand dedication and inscription - with two original, unique drawings. Robert Indiana cleverly plays on words here, as the work is titled "Wall: Two Stone" -- and he personally dedicates it to his friend a woman who happens to be named Terry Wall (Capizzano), in pencil on the print itself (lower front margin). In addition, on the back of the frame, is the unique inscription in the artist's distinctive and inimitable hand, "For another Wall", signed Robert Indiana - again, so the work is boldly signed twice by the artist - once on the front, and once on the back. But there's more. In addition to the inscription on the back, Robert Indiana adds two unique drawings -- one of a star, (Star of Hope) and the other LOVE -- his famous theme. This work was a personal gift to a longtime local neighbor Maine, and personal friend of Robert Indiana from his remote residence in Maine - Terry Wall Capizzano.
Printer: John C. Erickson and Herbert C. Fox, Vinalhaven Press, Vinhalhaven Maine
Publisher: Vinalhaven Press, Vinalhaven Maine with the blindstamp lower right.
Catalogue Raisonne (for the print): Sheehan, 141
The work is in a wooden frame, covered with plexiglass.
OS: 44" x 31 1/2". SS: 41 1/2" x 29 1/2"
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Signature: Signed, Dated, Numbered, Titled and Uniquely Inscribed recto and verso in pencil, with two original artist's drawings: one of a star, and one depicting the artist's famous LOVE work; Signed "R Indiana" and dated 1990 in pencil lower right; Titled "Wall" lower left; Numbered T/P 1 of 2, IV in pencil lower left and center; Dedicated "For Terry Wall Capizzano" in pencil for Terry Wall Capizzano"; Inscribed verso "Star of Hope, Vinalhaven, 25 XII 90, for another Wall, R. Indiana". Bears publisher's blind stamp lower right recto: Printer: John C. Erickson and Herbert C. Fox, Vinalhaven Press, Vinhalhaven Maine; Publisher: Vinalhaven Press, Vinalhaven Maine with the blindstamp lower right.
Catalogue Raisonne: Sheehan, 141
This work was a personal gift to a longtime local neigbor Maine, and personal friend of Robert Indiana from his remote residence in Maine, Terry Wall Capizzano.
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
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