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Robert Indiana

LOVE (Grey)

Size:74 x 78 cm

Medium:Limited Edition Signed Lithograph


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About This Work

A central theme in Robert Indiana’s work, and the basis of one of the most widely recognized icons of 20th-century art, LOVE has appeared in a variety of mediums over the years, including prints, paintings, and sculpture. Immediately accessible and yet tantalizing in meaning, the LOVE image has been described by the artist as a one-word concrete poem, which might be read as either a noun or a verb, a subject or a command. This portfolio of twelve silkscreens exemplify Indiana’s explorations of the connotative effects of colour in language, here giving immediacy to the idea of love as a driving force in art making.

A major figure in the development of Pop art in the 1960s, Robert Indiana is best known for his iconic LOVE series of sculptures and prints, which rank among the most recognizable images in postwar art. Describing himself as an “American painter of signs,” Indiana has developed a bold, graphic style inspired by road signs and billboards, reflecting his interest in Americana. Merging the aesthetics of commercial art with conceptual concerns, the artist probes American identity, culture, and heritage through a deceptively simple formal vocabulary.
Indiana’s work is in the collections of numerous major museums and institutions, and versions of his outdoor LOVE sculptures can be seen in cities worldwide, including New York, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Montreal. His work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Portland Museum of Art (1999) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2013).

Love was produced by Indiana in 12 different colourways, each one signed and numbered by the artist in pencil.