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    Sale 2049

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Morning Session

    13 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 126

    Robert Indiana (b. 1928)


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    Robert Indiana (b. 1928)
    stamped with signature, number and date '1966-1999 R INDIANA 2/5' (on the seraph of the E)
    polychome aluminum
    96 x 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 243.8 x 121.9 cm.)
    with base: 101 x 96½ x 49¾ in. (256.5 x 245.1 x 126.4 cm.)
    conceived in 1966 and executed in 1999. This work is number two from an edition of five plus two artist's proofs.

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    This work will be included in the forthcoming Robert Indiana Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by Simon Salama-Caro.

    LOVE constitutes a principal example of Indianas system: built according to his usual cruciform axis, cut into two monosyllabic units, the word seems reduced to its mere letters, to the gigantic, three-dimensional forms of its stacked letters. In its graspable, materialistic, commodified volumetric, and threatening presence, the sculpture: LOVE, also, undeniably, and inescapably evokes the artists own warning: Know that the LOVE I am talking about is spiritual. At the same time, the O?this has not often been mentioned?is an italicized O: it is tilting away, threatening to fall off the lower rank of letters VE, and break the complete square structure of these four neatly composed letters. In other words, spiritual as its message may be, LOVE also indicates that precarity, fragility, break up are almost inevitably part of the story... "(J. Pissaro, Robert Indiana, 2006, New York, p. 72).


    Acquired from the artist by the previous owner

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this work has been illustrated in the catalogue without the base.
    The correct dimensions of the work with the base are: 101 x 96½ x 49¾ in. (256.5 x 245.1 x 126.4 cm.)